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Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets 2018

Speaker(s): Alex Hao, Anna Dabrowska, Brian Markley, Bruno Balduccini, David Grosgold, Dr. Hermann Knott, Francisco Khoza, Hui Chen, Ina C. Popova, James E. Berger, Ji Li, John Myung, Karen Dickinson, Michael C. Tu, Paul B. Edelberg, Rodrigo Fuentes, Roland Trope, Sandra Maria T. Parrado, Stephanie Xiaofeng Lin, Ying Zhang
Recorded on: Jun. 5, 2018
PLI Program #: 221061

Alex Hao is a partner at JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee. Alex has been practicing law in New York since 2003.

Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. In addition, Alex acts as outside general counsel for many Chinese clients doing business in the U.S. (including some of China’s largest developers, banks and manufacturers) and links them with U.S. lawyers and other professionals.

Clients report that “Alex has superb instincts, utmost discretion, a keen judgment, a unique ability to de-mystify the complex, and a phenomenal ability to bring in all the expertise that is needed, but never more than what's needed.” Because “he's always exactly where you need him, when you need him” and “extremely creative and responsive”, clients “would recommend Alex in a heartbeat" and “just can't imagine doing anything legal in China without his counsel.”

Alex frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal and business issues, and has been interviewed by leading Chinese and U.S. media. He is an adjunct professor at Fudan University’s Fanhai International School of Finance in Shanghai, and co-chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets in New York. Alex reads history avidly, studies Spanish and German, and travels the continents.

Anna Dabrowska is a legal adviser and a partner and a member of the M&A and Corporate Practice at Wardynski & Partners. She is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (currently not practising).

She is involved mainly in transactional work, focusing on corporate law. She has taken part in many mergers and transformations of legal entities, as well as share purchase transactions and business acquisitions. She also assists clients in day-to-day issues arising in the operation of businesses in Poland, including setting up, restructuring and liquidation of companies, partnerships and branches, effecting changes in corporate structures, and initiating and monitoring related registration proceedings.

Anna Dabrowska graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw (1999), where she completed with honours a course in English and European law at the British Law Centre (1998–1999).

She has co-authored two books published by LexisNexis Polska in cooperation with Wardynski & Partners: Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions (Warsaw 2011) and Legal Risks in M&A Transactions (Warsaw 2013).

She has worked for Wardynski & Partners since 2004. Earlier she worked for Deloitte & Touche Tax Advisory and Wasylkowski & Partners.

She is a member of the Warsaw Chamber of Legal Advisers.

Languages: English

Office: Warsaw


Tel.: +48 22 437 82 00, 22 537 82 00

Brian T. Markley represents companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with civil litigation and internal investigations and inquiries by the DOJ, SEC and other governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations. He frequently investigates potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws in countries around the world, as well as allegations of accounting fraud, earnings management, workplace harassment and other misconduct.

In addition, Brian represents financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, examinations, enforcement actions, litigations and internal investigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps and other complex financial products, as well as general commercial and securities litigation.

Brian also advises companies in connection with FCPA diligence for mergers, acquisitions and other investments in jurisdictions with high corruption risk and works with clients to implement effective post-acquisition compliance programs.

Brian has been recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation 2018 and was named to Global Investigations Review's “40 under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers in 2014. He began his legal career at Cahill in 2000 and was elected partner in 2009. Today, he serves as Cahill's Co-Administrative partner and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.


  • Representing one of the world’s largest asset management firms and its portfolio companies in connection with M&A diligence and regulatory matters, including FCPA and trade sanctions compliance.
  • Represented the Audit Committee of Wal-Mart Stores in an FCPA investigation relating to activities in Brazil, China, India and Mexico.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of Qualcomm in an investigation by the DOJ and SEC, and a related internal investigation, into the company’s FCPA compliance.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of Diageo in connection with an internal investigation and an SEC enforcement action concerning the company’s FCPA compliance.
  • Oversaw compliance and governance reforms at Biomet as part of a Monitorship required by a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.
  • Counsel to the Monitor for Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with a Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing multiple companies in the oil service and equipment industry in connection with investigations in Asia and Latin America.
  • Counsel to Standard & Poor's in connection with state and federal lawsuits, investigations, regulatory examinations and testimony before U.S. Senate and House committees.
  • Counsel to Time Warner Cable in disputes related to affiliation and retransmission agreements.
  • Successfully defended client in a 5-day AAA arbitration hearing related to a dispute over the interpretation of a Purchase Agreement earn-out provision.
  • Represented financial services company against wrongful termination and other claims before a FINRA arbitration panel.
  • Represented journalists Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper in connection with the federal government's efforts to compel disclosure of their confidential sources in a criminal investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity.
  • Defended the Columbia Journalism Review against a libel claim arising out of an article concerning an alleged American mercenary imprisoned in Afghanistan.
  • Represented The New York Times in connection with grand jury subpoenas seeking to compel disclosure of its reporters' telephone records in a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Represented six major media companies in numerous First Amendment challenges to restrictions on newsgathering activities at polling places during primaries and general elections.


David Grosgold is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and Insurance Practice Groups. Mr. Grosgold’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions in the financial services and insurance industries, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance and bancassurance transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Grosgold is a recommended lawyer for insurance in The Legal 500 US 2017 and is also recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America 2015, which notes that he is a “rising star in the financial institutions space.” He was also named a “Rising Star” in 2015 by the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Grosgold received his B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001 and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law summa cum laude in 2005, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as Submissions Editor on the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review. Mr. Grosgold is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.

James Berger is a partner in the firm's Global Disputes practice whose practices focuses on international disputes, particularly cross-border and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.  James has substantial experience in litigating matters under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and other statutes and legal regimes that apply in cross-border proceedings.

James regularly writes and speaks on international dispute resolution.  He is the editor (and contributing author) of International Aspects of U.S. Litigation (American Bar Association, 2017), a two-volume treatise on international litigation in U.S. courts. His presentations have addressed international arbitration, disputes involving states and other U.S. litigation issues. James has also been a guest lecturer on international commercial arbitration at Renmin University of China School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law and New York Law School.  He is a contributor to Law360 on international litigation and arbitration issues, and an active member of the American Bar Association (where he serves on the International Litigation and Asia Pacific Committees of the Section of International Law) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (where he serves on the International Law and Foreign and Comparative Law Committees).

Prior to commencing his law firm practice, James worked in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, where he coordinated the Mayor’s local legislative program.  Prior to that, he served as law clerk to the Honorable W. Thomas Rosemond, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  James received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1993, where he was the Writing and Research Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal.  He received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1989. 

Karen Dickinson is the General Counsel of ZOLOZ (, a global biometric security company and affiliate of Ant Financial Services Group and Alibaba. ZOLOZ makes it simple to be known, trusted and safe in the digital world by transforming your face, eyes, voice, how you act, and what you know into your personal digital identity. Today, ZOLOZ uses facial recognition technology, combined with industry-leading spoof detection technology, to ensure that your online identity remains uncompromised.  In the future, ZOLOZ will add other biometrics, behavioral analytics and questions only individual users can answer to further protect your online identity, and lessen the time and frustration of using digital technologies. 

A former Shareholder at the AmLaw 100 law firm of Polsinelli, Karen is a skilled negotiator, writer and legal counselor, and has 30 years of experience in both international and U.S. domestic contract negotiations and legal matters. Before joining Polsinelli in 2013, Karen was a partner at the AmLaw 200 law firm of Quarles & Brady. Prior to Quarles & Brady, Karen was an attorney at Honeywell, including General Counsel for the Micro Switch business, and later a supply management executive for Honeywell Commercial Aviation negotiating multimillion dollar transactions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. Karen is also a former partner in an Internet business-to-consumer start-up company. Karen's legal expertise includes international and U.S. domestic contracting, joint ventures and alliances, technology, software and intellectual property licensing and joint developments, trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing, product distribution, and data privacy and Internet law.

After graduating magna cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, Karen clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London and working with the global law firm of Allen & Overy in London.  Karen received her cum laude undergraduate degree from Duke University. 

Karen is a former member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and Chair Emeritus of the Arizona District Export Council having been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State.  Karen is a speaker and author on doing business in China, international business transactions, and intellectual property protection, including moderating panels for the U.S. Commercial Service’s Discover Global Markets conferences, and co-authoring the “Q&A guide to the regulation of international trade and commercial transactions in the United States” for Practical Law U.K., A Thomas Reuters Legal Solution.

Karen’s distinctions include: listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Information Technology Law, 2010-2018; included in Arizona Business Leaders 2017 magazine by AZ Big Media; included in “Who’s Who in Business” 2016 by Republic Media in Arizona; nominated for an ATHENA Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 2016; named one of the winners the 2015 “Outstanding Women in Business” award by the Phoenix Business Journal; named as one of the ”Top 100 Lawyers” in 2017, 2016 and 2015 by Arizona Business magazine; included among the "50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business," by AZ Big Media, in 2014; named as one of the 2008 Top Ten "Centers of Influence Lawyers" by Arizona Business magazine.  In addition, a transaction Karen led for a Chinese client was included in the “2014 Deals of the Year” by China Business Law Review.

Michael C. Tu leads the firm's securities litigation practice in Southern California. His practice focuses on shareholder litigation and counseling under the federal and state securities laws, mergers and acquisitions lawsuits, regulatory investigations and proceedings, securities and corporate governance advice, and business litigation and trade secrets disputes. Michael is recognized as a leading trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trials to verdict in federal and state courts, and is among the few lawyers in the country who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict. 

He regularly counsels public and private companies regarding securities, corporate governance and disclosure issues, and has represented numerous board committees and accounting firms in connection with investigatory and litigation matters. He also advises multi-national corporations and executives based in Asia and Europe with respect to business disputes and securities matters. His successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported by the media, and he was recognized as one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018.

Rodrigo Fuentes is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors at AXA Spain and International & New Markets segment of AXA (Middle East, Latin America and Africa). Previous to joining AXA, Mr. Fuentes was a Corporate and M&A attorney at Deloitte in Madrid.  Mr. Fuentes has an LLM from the IE Business School and he studied law at Unversidad de Deusto in Spain. He is a lecturer in the Madrid Bar association and IE Business School among other institutions mainly in the Corporate and M&A areas.

Sandra Maria T. Parrado has 22 years of experience in providing Advisory and Forensic Services.  She is a NY-based Forensics Partner with a focus on investigations of fraud and forensic accounting matters; anti-corruption matters; pre-merger due diligence related to fraud and corruption; anti-money laundering lookback investigations; as well as litigation support.

Ms. Parrado’s experience in forensic accounting has included investigations into highly complex matters involving fraud, accounting irregularities, and employee conduct across a broad range of industries, including the financial services,  technology, telecomm & cable, construction, automotive industry, and retail & consumer.  She also advises her clients regarding fraud risk assessments, detection and prevention, as well as provides training on fraud awareness and investigation techniques.

Ms. Parrado's experience in matters related to foreign corrupt practices, including investigations, compliance controls, pre-merger due diligence, audit program development and execution, as well as training development and delivery.  Her clients have included multi-national companies in aerospace and defense, engineering and construction, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care consumer products, and technology industries.  Her FCPA engagements and investigative experiences have focused on a number of high risk regions in Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Ms. Parrado is also experienced in litigation matters, including damage valuations in the areas of intellectual property and antitrust.  She has also prepared damage analyses and expert reports relating to patent, copyright, and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, labor disputes, and antitrust claims for clients in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, fire and safety equipment, gas sensors, software data encryption, prosthetic manufacturing, financial services, and consumer health care industries.

Ms. Parrado has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Her concentrations were in Finance, Accounting, and Operations & Information Management.  Ms. Parrado is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and the District of Columbia.

For more than three decades, Paul’s practice has focused on corporate and commercial law for privately owned businesses, with an emphasis on general business counseling, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital and international trade and cross-border transactions. He also has a niche practice representing community banks in bank regulatory, compliance, lending and workout matters.

His multifaceted practice enables him to serve the domestic and international needs of a wide range of clients, particularly those with interests in China.

Paul has counseled clients on business structuring and outsourcing transactions in China, international trade and finance matters, U.S. export controls on sales to China and acquisitions of Chinese companies. He assisted then Mayor Dannel Malloy and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce establish a sister city relationship between Stamford and Jiangdu, China.

Paul also counsels both U.S. companies doing business overseas and foreign companies doing business in the United States in matters involving:

  • International private equity and venture capital transactions
  • Cross-border structuring
  • International debt and equity financing transactions
  • Trade and trade finance
  • Sales distribution agreements
  • Export control compliance
  • Joint ventures
  • Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) compliance
  • EB-5 Regional Centers

In his banking practice, Paul regularly represents lenders in commercial loan transactions and workouts, and has extensive experience representing banks on various types of regulatory matters, including compliance and consumer lending issues. He has represented a number of banks in responding to supervisory orders issued by the federal and state bank regulatory agencies, including the OCC and the FDIC, and has represented bank directors in civil money penalty proceedings. Paul also handles de novo bank formations, bank acquisitions and change of control transactions.

As a trusted advisor to corporations, businesses and banks, Paul handles complex mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions for privately held companies and community banks, including venture capital and private equity transactions, private placements, commercial and corporate finance transactions and other debt and equity financings. Paul’s extensive knowledge of angel financings, venture capital, private equity, strategic investments and private placements has made him a key player in the Stamford business community.

Paul is the former chairman of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, is the founder and former chairman of its International Trade Council and is president of the Connecticut China Council. Paul is also co-chair of the American Bar Association International Law Section’s China Committee and liaison to the Shandong Lawyers Association.

Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining the firm, Paul was counsel to a New-England based regional firm, where he headed its China practice, and was a member of its Privately Owned Business, Private Equity, Community Banking and International Practice Groups.

During law school, Paul was an editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Beyond Fox Rothschild
Paul is recognized within the State of Connecticut and the City of Stamford for both his professional and community activities, and has taken a leadership role in China and international activities on a local and statewide basis. He serves as co-editor of the China Law Reporter of the China Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, and has written and lectured extensively on China and international legal and business topics.

In addition, Paul spearheaded the establishment of the UConn Center for Globalization and Commerce and the Stamford Chamber International Trade Resource Program (SITREP). He has also guest lectured at the Western Connecticut State University on China.


Francisco began his career at Bowmans in 2001 where he was a partner and Head of the Banking and Finance Department until June 2017. Following over 17 years in practice, Francisco left Bowmans in June 2017 and is currently the General Counsel of Absa Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance. Francisco’s knowledge and experience spans across General Finance, Project Finance, Commercial Property, Banking and Financial Regulation. Francisco is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Swaziland, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Masters in Laws (LLM) from Rhodes University, and a Certificate in Banking and Financial Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Hermann began his professional career in late 1989 and he has 27 years of M&A experience in New York, Paris and Germany. He was one of the founders of what is today Luther, at the time the member firm of Andersen Legal in Germany, and has recently been a founding partner of Andersen Tax & Legal in Germany, the German member firm of Andersen Global.

Hermann‘s practice focuses on advising industrial and financial investors on buying and selling businesses in M&A transactions, in joint ventures and business restructurings. He advises on international infrastructure projects, most recently in Africa and Latin America. He is also involved in international arbitration on complex disputes between business partners.

Hermann can use his wide range of contacts he has established through his leadership roles in the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

The industry focus of Hermann’s practice is on the logistics, services and manufacturing sectors.

Hermann is the editor of a highly reputed textbook on business acquisitions of which in 2016 the 5th edition has been published. He is also a frequent speaker on international conferences on topics relating to corporate law and the management of law firms.

Ji Li is Professor of Law at Rutgers University and a member of the Associate Faculty of the Division of Global Affairs. Professor Li received a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, he practiced corporate and tax law for several years in the New York office of an international firm. Professor Li’s teaching and scholarship explores a broad range of topics including international business transactions, taxation, contracts, comparative law, Chinese law, and empirical legal studies.

His first book, The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States, published by Cambridge University Press, explores the adaptation of Chinese companies, including state-owned Chinese companies, to general US institutions and their compliance (or lack of compliance) with US laws governing tax, employment equality, and national security review of foreign investments. His second book, which is in progress and under contract with Cambridge University Press, presents a unified theory to analyze judicial behavior in China.

Ms. Zhang has over 20 years of experience practicing Chinese law, focusing on M&As, joint ventures, general corporate matters and various commercial transactions.

Since joining JunHe, Ms. Zhang has been involved in a number of high-profile cross-border M&A deals (both inbound and outbound) and joint venture transactions in various industrial sectors. She has also advised a number of clients on general corporate matters and has been involved in various types of commercial transactions.

Ms. Zhang was seconded to work with the legal department of Itochu Corporation in Tokyo, Japan (2004), and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City (2011).

Ms. Zhang graduated from Columbia Law School (Stone Scholar) and China University of Political Science and Law.  Before joining JunHe, Ms. Zhang worked with a national financial institution in China.

Ms. Zhang is a frequent speaker on Chinese law issues at international and national conferences.


Since 2001, John Myung has served as the Chief Legal Officer of the International Insurance Law division of Prudential Financial, Inc. managing the legal affairs of Prudential’s operations in Europe, South America and Asia (ex-Japan).   He joined Prudential's Law Department in 1997 as an Assistant General Counsel in the Individual Insurance Group.  Before coming to Prudential, he served as the Chief Compliance Officer of a GE Financial Assurance company in Connecticut, Senior Corporate Counsel of SAFECO Life Insurance Company in Redmond, Washington, and a judicial extern for Judge James O. Ellison in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma.  John received his undergraduate degree in Finance/Marketing with honors from the University of Denver, and his JD and MBA from the University of Tulsa College of Law. 

Stephanie is currently the Associate General Counsel of Greenland USA’s New York/Eastern Region office, representing Greenland on the development of Pacific Park Brooklyn, a $6 billion public-private mixed-use project in Downtown Brooklyn being developed by a Greenland USA and Forest City Ratner Companies joint venture. She also supports communication of the management of Greenland USA with and ad hoc executive reports to Greenland Group in Shanghai, China. Prior to that, Stephanie worked at a boutique law firm in New York City, advising international clients including at least 10 Chinese businesses, with her practices focusing on general corporate matters and capital markets transactions. Stephanie received her LL.M. degree from New York University, School of Law and her Bachelor of Law with honors from Shanghai International Studies University, School of Law.

Bruno Balduccini has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001, and is based in the firm’s São Paulo office.  His fields of expertise are banking regulations; business law; corporate law; financing; investments; M&A; exchange controls; credit cards; insurance and reinsurance, fintechs as well as criptocurrencies. In addition to his practice in Pinheiro Neto Advogados, he has been a Standing Member of the Brazilian Bar Association –Banking Law Committee. Mr. Balduccini holds an LLB from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - PUC (1992), and an LLM in International Banking Law from Boston University (1998). He was admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) in 1993. He was a foreign associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York for one year (1998 - 1999). He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Italian.

Hui Chen is a corporate ethics and compliance leader who served as the first Compliance Counsel Expert at the U.S. Department of Justice from November, 2015 to June, 2017. In that role, she provided expert guidance to federal prosecutors and corporate monitors in evaluating companies’ corporate ethics and compliance programs, including authoring the “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” documented released in February 2017. She had begun her career as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice in Washington DC and New York, then served in senior legal and compliance positions in Microsoft Corporation, Pfizer In., and Standard Chartered Bank, in locations ranging from Munich and Beijing to New York and London. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and law degree from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Ina C. Popova is a Partner in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group who focuses on international arbitration and litigation and public international law. Ms. Popova is admitted to practice in Paris and New York and holds advanced degrees in English law. Fluent in several languages, Ms. Popova leads matters in French and Spanish and regularly handles disputes arising out of Africa and Latin America. She has particular expertise in matters in the mining, energy and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. She sits as arbitrator and serves as counsel in a broad range of international matters.

Ms. Popova is recognized within the legal community as one of the top international lawyers of her generation. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (main edition), was named one of the top 40 up-and-coming lawyers nationwide by the American Bar Association, is recognized as a “Future Star” and member of the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, and one of only six international arbitration Next Generation Lawyers by Legal 500. Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders describes Ms. Popova as “very bright, impressively efficient and extremely well liked in the community.”

She represents individuals, corporations and States and has broad experience under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and several regional institutions. She also advises parties in international litigations involving proceedings in foreign and domestic courts, and has represented parties before the federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Popova serves in a number of leadership positions, including on the Court of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center (CIMAC), on the 2018 ICCA Program Committee, as past Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Advisory Board member of the Institute for Energy Law, and rapporteur for the ASIL-ICCA Joint Task Force on Issue Conflicts in Investor-State Arbitration. She has taught law at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Fellow of the Société de Législation Comparée. She speaks and writes regularly on arbitration-related issues.

Ms. Popova also maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently involving clemency, consular rights, asylum, and the rights of human rights defenders. She was recognized by the New York State Bar Association’s “The Good We Do” campaign for her pro bono representation of a family facing eviction.

In addition to graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and from the University of Cambridge, Ms. Popova received her B.A. (Hons.)(Cantab.) with First Class Honours in Law (Double Maîtrise) from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, and her Maîtrise en droit comparé, mention droits anglais et français with high honors from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She is a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was a Hollond Fund Scholar at Harvard Law School.

Ms. Popova speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. She is a member of the Bar in Paris and in New York and is admitted to appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Roland Trope is a partner at Trope and Schramm LLP, New York City, and an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Law and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Mr. Trope has a national security practice in which he represents high tech companies, government contractors, and allied ministries of defense. He advises senior officials, officers, and Boards of Directors on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), compliance with trade regulations (e.g., “dual use” export controls, defense trade controls, trade sanctions, anti-bribery and antimony laundering), tech transfers and licensing, corporate governance and ethics, cybersecurity, defense procurements, and protection of intellectual property rights in government contracts.

Mr. Trope’s publications include more than 30 articles and the following books, chapters, and recent articles:

  • GUIDE TO CYBERSECURITY DUE DILIGENCE IN M&A TRANSACTIONS, 2017 (co-editor and contributing author);
  • Duty to Advise Clients Concerning Use of Cyber and Other Digital Technologies, chapter in THE ABA


  • Reckoning with the Hacker Age: Cybersecurity Developments, THE BUSINESS LAWYER, Winter 2017/2018 (first author);
  • Hacking Away at Trust: Significant Developments in Cybersecurity 2015 – 2016, THE BUSINESS LAWYER, Winter 2016/2017 (first author);
  • Mettle Fatigue: VW’s Single-Point-of-Failure Ethics, IEEE SECURITY & PRIVACY, January/February 2016 (first author);
  • What Made the Ostrich Lift Its Head? Significant Developments in Cybersecurity 2014 – 2015, THE BUSINESSLAWYER, Winter 2015/2016;
  • Surprise in the Package Deal with Iran, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, August 2015; and,
  • Threading Needles

He currently serves as:

  • Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, ABA Public Contracts Section;
  • Co-Chair, India Committee, ABA Section of International Law;
  • Vice-Chair, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, ABA Section of International Law;
  • Co-Chair, Cybersecurity Subcommittee, Cyberspace Law Committee, ABA Business Section; and
  • Chair of Procurement and Ethics Commission and Member of the Board of Directors, International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.

Mr. Trope was a Marshall Scholar and Danforth Fellow. He earned a J.D. at Yale Law School, a B.A. and M.A. at Oxford University, and a B.A. at the University of Southern California.

He can be contacted at