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  • 18 Mar 2020 6:18 PM | Anonymous

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  • 13 Nov 2019 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    Alexandra Bessone Cardoso, founding partner in Portuguese member firm ABC LEGAL has been elected as the Chair of ILF - International Law Firms for the next 3 years. Alexandra is the first woman to be elected as Chair in ILF.

    Alexandra Bessone Cardoso started her journey in ILF in 2013 as the representative of a Portuguese Law Firm. After three years of proved professional competence Alexandra was invited to be part of the Board as ILF Director where she showed her natural leadership skills.

    Alexandra assumed her three-year role as Vice-President (2016) and this year (2019), during the Annual Conference in Mumbai, Alexandra Bessone Cardoso was appointed as Chair of ILF-International Law Firms.

    During her speech, Alexandra emphasized the need of having a great supportive team in order to create, recreate and expand all the great achievements made from previous chairs. 

    Just as importantly, in Mumbai's Conference, Tony Maalouli was appointed Vice-President.


  • 18 Jun 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    Germany's World Economic Council (WEC), has appointed William H. Shawn as the first American to its Executive Committee.

    Since its 2013 founding by German multinationals' senior executives in manufacturing, technology, banking, and other industries, and by leaders in academia,  the World Economic Council has developed national networks of business and academic leaders through its Internationaler Wirtschaftssenat e.V. (IWS ) affiliate.

    Through its senior management and academic membership, the IWS, in turn, focuses on a practical implementation of time-honored core values of business integrity to meet today's global political, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges by enlisting practical participation beyond individual national markets and across geographical and cultural borders. The IWS's fusion of such time-honored values, and its dynamic mix of industry and academic leaders have driven its success and expansion worldwide. 


    Der Dachverband, World Economic Council (WEC), hat William H. Shawn als ersten Amerikaner in das Präsidium des WEC berufen.

    Seit der Gründung des Internationalen Wirtschaftssenats e.V. (IWS) im Jahr 2013 wächst dieser stetig. Als richtungsweisender und zukunftsorientierter Moderator für den Mittelstand stehen für den IWS im Zentrum aller Aktivitäten die geteilte globale Verantwortung von Menschen, Unternehmen und Politik. Der IWS ist überzeugt: Globalisierung findet nicht auf dem Papier statt, sondern durch die lebendige Begegnung von Märkten und Menschen über geographische und kulturelle Grenzen hinweg.

    Wir schreiben der Zukunft ein Lastenheft

    Unter dieser Prämisse schließen sich immer mehr hochkarätige Persönlichkeiten – die sich dem Wertekanon des „ehrbaren Kaufmanns“ verpflichtet fühlen – dem IWS an. Der Internationale Wirtschaftssenat e.V. wendet traditionelle Werte auf aktuelle und zukunftsorientierte Themen an. So entsteht ein Haus der Werte, das sowohl Verlässlichkeit als auch Anpassungsfähigkeit beherbergt.

  • 22 May 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    Conference Report

    International Law Firms (ILF) just recently concluded a successful and fruitful conference in Milan last May 10-12, 2019. This conference was attended by 22 members from 21 different law firms and from 18 different states.

    The conference started with a dinner last May 10th in a beautiful restaurant in Milan called Ceresio 7. Everyone had an aperitivo on the roof top terrace next to a swimming pool with a very nice view of Milan. This was followed by a delicious dinner served by waiters that stayed throughout the whole dinner who provided excellent service.

    The meeting started the following day at 9:30 am. Everyone was welcomed by a welcome speech by the host company, Banor Sim, which is a securities brokerage company in Milan, via Dante 15. Then each participant had time to introduce him/herself and his/her law firm. The attendants were:

    • Giovanni Galoppi from the law firm Galoppi & Partners - Rome Italy
    • Vadim Tsvetkov from the law firm Ost Legal – Moscow Russia 
    • Karlheinz  Merkel from the law firm Merkel Rechtsanwalte – Hof Bavaria Germany 
    • Bruno  Gouallou from the law firm  LLC et Associes –  Paris France
    • Richard Schmidt from the law firm Smartlegal Schmidt and Partners – Budapest Hungary 
    • Pekka Suominen and Tony Huopalainen from the law firm Asianajotomisto Mercatoria Oy– Helsinki Finland 
    • Raphael Gassmann from the law firm Merleker Partner – Berlin Germany
    • Richard B. Heinfrom the Hein law firm  – Sant Louis Missouri USA
    • Veronica Donella from the law firm Studio legale Donella – Verona Italy
    • Virginie De Groote from the law firm DP Advocaten – Antwerpen Belgium
    • George Tsakonas from the law firm George Tsakonas & associates – Athens Greece
    • Fred Langelaar from the law firm Langelaar Klinkhamer Advocaten – Rotterdam The Netherlands
    • Joanna Bogdanska from the law firm KW Kruk and partners – Warsaw Poland
    • Josef Aujezdsky  from the law firm Masek, Koci, Aujesdsky attorneys at law – Prague The Czech Republic
    • Lutz Kaiser from the law firm Lutz Kaiser – Karlsruhe Germany
    • Edward Miller from the law firm Croft Solicitors – London UK
    • Alexandra Bessone Cardoso – from the law firm ABC – Lisbon Portugal
    • Christiana Theophilou – from the law firm A. Chr. Theophilou LLC- Limassol Cyprus
    • Katrika Mirda from the law firm Katrika Hermawan & Partners – Jakarta  Indonesia
    • Zoe Pons from the law firm Astrid Dorfmeister – Barcelona Spain 
    • Joseph Li from the law firm Joseph Li & Co. Solicitors and Notaries– Hongkong

    Each participant took the time needed to explain the type of work that he/she carries out and how his/her office is organized. It was a great opportunity for everyone to understand each other's competencies and working areas. The coffee break also turned in to get to know activity. Everyone took advantage of this time to get to know each other and exchange business cards

    At 12, a speech about Cybercrime was virtually facilitated by mr. Fratallone. This would've been great if not for the IT problems encountered at that time.This was then followed by a sumptuous lunch served with specialties from Milan

    At 2pm, the meeting started again with a virtual presentation from Jaimee Hall from Lagal Back Office. His lecture is entitled "Make More Money Through Enhanced Productivity". It was a very interesting and engaging since everyone had to do some exercises and had to think about how they organize their work and how to improve their profits.

    After Jamiee Hall presentation, our member from Hungary Richard Schmidt made a presentation about he updates on the GDPR status, with “GDPR in Action Takeaways from the First Penalties” including decisions that have been delivered recently on the subject, so very interesting and the presentation was really excellent.

    Last but not least Lutz Kaiser, the ILF Chairman, presented his Chairman’s Report. Everyone thanked him for his commitment towards ILF and his generosity and efforts to make ILF a good organization.

    The day wrapped up with a small and friendly discussion on new ideas to improve the association and plans for the 2019 ILF Annual Conference in Mumbai on in November.

    The meeting ended at 5:30pm circa

    Due to the weather condition, the scheduled tour started an hour late but after the rain subsided, the participants started their walking tour in Milan's new architectural area. The guide was very skilled, he explained the history of Milan in the hotel while waiting for the rain to stop. At the end of the tour, the guide accompanied all to Ratanà, were half of the ourcolleagues were waiting  already sitting at the table. Everyone had a wonderful dinner. Although the desire to stay longer was evident, some had to say their goodbyes. Those who remained went for drinks and disco to experience Milan's night life.

    It was a wonderful weekend with nice and lovely colleagues from all over the world. It provided an opportunity to strengthen the bonds and to build a common future. I hope everyone enjoyed it.

    A special thanks to Lutz and Mich who helped me a lot and without them the meeting would not have been possible…


  • 12 Jun 2018 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union comes into force on 25 May 2018, introducing the most comprehensive change in data protection over the last 25 years and establishing the strictest data protection regime in the world.

    The GDPR has cross-border effect, affecting every enterprise worldwide, handling personal data of individuals living in the EU.

    In case of non-compliance, your business has to face serious fines: in case of minor, administrative data breach, the authorities can impose fines up to 10 Million EUR or 2% of the annual worldwide turnover, in case of major data breach, the fine may be up EUR 20 Million or 4% of the worldwide annual turnover.

    Given the cross-border nature of GDPR, international businesses need comprehensive approach to comply with the new regulation.

    For this reason, the member firms of International Law Firms have established a GDPR Working Group in 2017, in the framework of which they can mutually share information and best-practices with each other.

    We suggest that your GDPR compliance project consist of the following 3 (three) phases: Due-Diligence, Compliance, and Training.

    Due Diligence

    In the frame of Due Diligence, we identify the problems and risks within your company that need to be addressed to meet the GDPR, and we provide you with an action plan in which the steps, necessary to be taken to meet compliance are summarised.


    Problems and risks discovered during the Due Diligence are solved and treated at this stage, by reviewing & drafting internal data protection documentation, and other related documents. Besides internal documents, we focus on contracts concluded by you, as well as the personal data protection aspect of the contract templates used by your company.


    The world's best corporate privacy policy is worth nothing if your employees do not know or do not comply with its provisions. For this reason, we apply a data protection training on request, whereby based on the internal rules adopted by you in the framework of Compliance,  we teach the basic personal data protection rules to you employees, and test their knowledge.

  • 12 Jun 2018 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    Who: All ILF Members are invited

    When: October 13-16, 2017

    Where: Limassol, Cyprus


    We are please to announce that the next ILF Annual COnference will be held in Limassol, Cyprus on October 13-16 2017. Invites will be sent via email. If you have questions and inquiries feel free to send and email to Mich



    The event is nearing so please dont forget to book your hotel rooms as October is a busy month for Cyprus. Please check you inbox for the most recent update and registration form. Feel free to send Mich an email if you have questions



    Post Conference Photos

  • 12 Jun 2018 10:28 PM | Anonymous

    Here are some of the photos taken from the successful ILF Regional Conference in Vienna.

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  • 12 Jun 2018 10:27 PM | Anonymous

    Chances through digital changes in Legal Businesses


  • 12 Jun 2018 10:23 PM | Anonymous

    On 14th April the Danish and Hungarian member firms of the ILF organized a conference in Budapest, with the title “Hungary in a nutshell”. Twenty Danish lawyers of the Law Society of Aalborg took part on the half-day conference in the framework of a long week-end.

    The colleagues of the SMC Partners Law Firm made presentations to their Danish peers on various topics of Hungarian law, from corporate law, through labour law to real estate law. The participants could also hear some useful information about Hungarian accounting and taxation system, presented by the cooperating partner of the SMC Partners Law Firm.

    This short conference was a great opportunity to extend and deepen relationships between members of ILF.

    We hope that our Danish colleagues enjoyed their long week-end in the Hungarian capital!

    -dr. Richard Schmidt LL.M

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