The Interlaw Board of Directors

Michael Siebold, Chair
Arnecke Siebold (Frankfurt)

Michael Siebold is the founder and managing partner of Arnecke Siebold (Frankfurt) and was admitted to the bar in 1987. He is the founding co-chair of Interlaw’s Europe/Middle East/Africa Real Estate Special Business Team and was appointed to the Interlaw Board of Directors in December 2006. He studied at Ruhruniversität Bochum, L-M-U München, London School of Economics, London, the University of Toronto, Toronto (LL.M. 1986: Postemployment Restraint Agreements, Master Thesis, Toronto, 1987), Madison; and articled at courts in Munich and Landshut. He writes and lectures in English and German, and is an authority in legal project management, financing, and investment in Germany as well as mergers and acquisitions, sports law and stadium management. Strongly linked to North America’s business world for many years, Michael Siebold is in charge of several national and international mandates and projects in the cultural and entertainment sector particularly in the sports area, the innovative building of arenas, and the international real property market.

Jerry Biederman
Neal Gerber Eisenberg (Chicago)

Jerry Biederman, managing partner of Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., chairs the board of directors of Interlaw. He was elected for the top post at the 2009 Annual General Meeting in Frankfurt and will serve in that position through 2012. He has been an active member of the board of directors since 2006, most recently responsible for both the BusDev Board Portfolio and for chairing the committee to draft the new strategic plan for Interlaw. He won the “Interlawyer of the Year” award in 2005, Interlaw’s top individual member honor. Mr. Biederman operates a diverse international practice in his firm’s Commercial Leasing, Corporate & Securities, Private Wealth Services and Real Estate Practice Groups. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago, he is fluent in several languages and represents a wide variety of corporate and individual clients from throughout the U.S. that do business in several foreign countries.

Cesar Gustavo Ferrante, Board Member, Vice Chair of Latin America
Brons & Salas (Buenos Aires)

Mr. Ferrante has practiced in various areas of employment and labor law most of his career in Buenos Aires. He has worked in a variety of industries within his practice of social security; migration; energy law; privatizations and litigation. Fluent in English and with a Mother tongue in Spanish, is has held a number of academic and government appointments throughout his career. He has served as the Settlement Secretary at the National Ministry of Labor, Vice President of the Industrial Relations Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina and a Member of various Wage Bargaining Committees. Former Head of the Personnel Department of Borgward Argentina S.A. Member: Buenos Aires and San Isidro Bar Associations; Argentine Labor Law and Social Security Association. He is a graduate of the Universidad Católica Argentina and a number of post graduate degrees from international North America and Latin America institutions.

Kirsten Frijs, Board Member
Mazanti-Andersen, Korsø Jensen & Partnere (Copenhagen)

Kirsten Frijs is a senior partner at Mazanti-Andersen, Korsø Jensen & Partnere, Copenhagen, practicing corporate commercial law. She serves on the boards of several Danish companies and focuses her practice on cross-border transactions of national and international companies doing business in Denmark, and Danish companies seeking counsel to expand globally.

Alan Frydenlund, Board Member
Owen Bird (Vancouver)

Mr. Frydenlund practices commercial law with a specialty in security realization and perfection. He acts for clients on various aspects of lending transactions with particular emphasis on representing lenders and borrowers on syndicated secured debt financings as well as realizations pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Alan has conducted litigation in Courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Yukon Territory.

 Since his call to the bar in 1983, Alan has been involved in some of British Columbia’s more significant financings and Canada’s more significant security realizations both involving assets in real estate development (including construction), resorts (including hotels and time shares), the forest industry, marine industry, manufacturing and knowledge-based industries.
He is also a Director of a number of private companies, including a Mortgage Investment Company and is a former Director of Glacier National Life Insurance Company.

Edward “Jack” Hardin
, Board Member, Vice Chair NA Region
Rogers & Hardin (Atlanta)

Jack Hardin is a founding partner of Rogers & Hardin, LLP, Atlanta, practicing corporate and transactional law. He advises public companies, their officers and directors with a focus on independent directors of publicly owned companies. Jack is the founding partner of the Corporate Governance Interlaw Special Business Team.

Shuichi Namba
, Board Member
Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba (Tokyo)

Shuichi Namba is a leading corporate lawyer in Japan, with a practice focused on M&A, insolvency law and dispute resolution. He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and is a member of the Japanese Bar, Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association. Following a couple of years of practice in Japan, he attended Columbia University Law School, New York, USA, where he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and was admitted to both the New York and California Bars. Mr. Namba practiced law in New York at a leading global law firm then spent one year in-house with a New York bank before returning to Tokyo, becoming a founding partner of Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba.

Sandra Reed, Board Member
Pérez Bustamante y Ponce Abogados (Quito)

Sandra Reed is a partner at Pérez Bustamante y Ponce Abogados of Quito, Ecuador with a full corporate commercial practice. She has particular expertise in banking & finance, including privatization, M&A and corporate structures. The firm is a leader in energy and mining and Ms. Reed has represented foreign and domestic companies in both the bidding processes and concessions. She has extensive experience in project finance and foreign direct investment and navigating the Ecuador legal and commercial systems. Her experience in privatizations and project finance span several industries including telecommunications, energy, logistics, and infrastructure.

Andreas C. Richter, Board Member
Blumenthal, Richter & Sumet (Bangkok)

Andreas Richter has been a partner of Blumenthal Richter & Sumet since 1996 and has been managing partner since 1999. He works on a broad range of foreign investment and development projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Andreas has extensive experience in advising SMEs and multi-national companies and knows their different risk profiles and commercial needs. Andreas has worked both as a team member and a team leader on the preparation, negotiation and implementation of numerous projects in the region, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Andreas represents clients in complex investment and commercial transactions and regularly provides specialist advice to leading European and Japanese law firms. His experience in Thailand includes representation of clients in the automotive, hospitality and financial services sector, as well as industrial manufacturing, intellectual property, chemical products and construction.

Andreas is a German national. He is fluent in German, English and speaks conversational Thai. Andreas obtained his law degree from the University of Hamburg and is a member of the Hamburg Bar Association and the Inter Pacific Bar Association.

Jeremy Schrire
SJ Berwin (London)

Jeremy Schrire heads SJ Berwin’s Commerce & Technology Group, specializing in commercial agreements and related intellectual property matters. He is particularly involved in the fields of agency, distribution, licensing, technology transfer, R&D, marketing and franchise arrangements, primarily with an international focus. He is also involved in all facets of commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights.

He is a regular speaker at conferences in these fields, both in the UK and abroad. Mr. Schrire is listed as an expert in the Legal Experts Guide, and by Legal 500 in both Intellectual Property and Life Sciences. He is also listed as “a leading lawyer” by Global Counsel and Who’s Who in Healthcare and is also recommended by PLC Which Lawyer?. He was recently described by Legal 500 as someone of whom “clients cannot speak highly enough”.

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