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Welcome to Emerging Law

The Team at Emerging Law

Neil Williamson



Neil qualified as a solicitor in 2001 at Halliwells. He spent the next four years at specialist corporate practices in and around London acting for UK and French public and private companies. With a focus on private company purchases and sales, Neil regularly advised on domestic and cross border multi million pound transactions.


In 2005 Neil joined MDY Legal where he spent the next seven years acting almost exclusively for clients operating in the emerging and frontier markets including Crown Agents, The Department for International Development, Infraco Africa, Green Africa Power and The Private Infrastructure Development Group. In January 2013 Neil established Emerging Law.


Neil's commercial practice is broad based with an emphasis on strategic alliances (including joint ventures) and commercial contracts (in particular international supply of goods and services contracts, agency and distributorship arrangements and technology supply contracts). Neil also has particular expertise in the donor-funded business sector.


Neil has travelled extensively to help clients win business, negotiate contracts and problem-solve, often in the context of supporting public tender exercises and the delivery of projects to governments and state-owned enterprises. His work has taken him throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe.


Neil offers unparalleled experience of working in-country alongside his clients. Examples of his work include:


• Advising on the supply, integration and maintenance of software and hardware systems to the governments of Angola, Ghana, Guyana, Oman, Mexico, Ukraine, Slovenia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania.


• Advising on the supply of large public sector capacity building projects to the governments of Angola, Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Togo, Guinea-Bissau, Comoros, Oman, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.


• Advising on the terms of joint development / seed financing arrangements for the construction of an electrical power plant in Ghana (the Cenpower project) and a cold storage facility in Vietnam.


Neil is fluent in French.



  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)


Email: neil.williamson@emlaw.co.uk






Sarah Lafleur


Sarah graduated from Laval Univeristy, Quebec, in 2005 and qualified at the Quebec bar in 2006. She then spent two and a half years in the corporate department at McMillan L.L.P. one of Canada's leading firms.


In 2009 Sarah joined the Johannesburg office of Fasken Martineau working in their award winning corporate, mining & Franco-Africa groups.


In 2011 Sarah joined global U.S. firm White & Case as an Associate in their Energy, Infrastructure, Projects and Asset Finance groups where she spent the next four years based initially in their Johannesburg office and later in London.


Sarah has advised clients on some of the largest mining, energy and corporate transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bilingual in French and English, Sarah offers unparallelled support for clients operating in English and French speaking Africa bringing not only her considerable on-the-ground experience (in particular in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) but also an invaluable network of local contacts.


Examples of Sarah's work include:


• Representation of Norilsk Nickel on the US$337 million sale of its operations in Africa to BCL Limited of Botswana.


• Representation of the underwriters, arrangers and initial lenders (Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Sberbank) for Uranium One's inaugural US$300 million senior secured high yield bond and related US$120 million revolving credit facility.


• Representation of the shareholders in the sale of a major bauxite asset in Guinea. 


• Advising a major mining company with the negotiation of a railway concession agreement for the transport of manganese ore in Gabon.


• DRC revisitation of mining contracts – negotiation of the amendment of joint venture agreements of several mining companies (including TEAL mining) with la Générale des Carrières et des Mines.


• Counsel to a major mining company in connection with the proposed acquisition of an interest in Ivanhoe Nickel and Platinum Ltd including in its DRC subsidiaries. Extensive on-the-ground due diligence of the DRC subsidiary and its assets.


• Advising Jidong Development Group, as project sponsor, in a joint venture with WIPhold, China-Africa Development Fund and Continental Cement to build a R1.5 billion cement plant in Limpopo. 


• Assisting with the DRC related aspects of advice to China Development Bank regarding the EUR 149 million purchase of Congo China Telecom by France Telecom.


Sarah is bilingual in French and English.


Email: sarah.lafleur@emlaw.co.uk






Patrícia Rosário


Patrícia qualified at the Portuguese Bar in 2005 (distinction), completed a Masters in domestic and international tax law at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Lisbon in 2005 (distinction) and then completed an LLM in international dispute resolution at Queen Mary University of Law, London in 2007 (merit). Following training at L'Oreal and at the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, Patrícia worked in the International Arbitration and International Projects Departments at Baker Botts LLP and Dewey LeBoeuf LLP in Paris and London.


Patrícia is experienced in public international law, foreign investment, complex cross-border contracts and international arbitration across a variety of sectors including oil and gas, infrastructure and construction and natural resources. Her practice is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (in particular Angola and Mozambique), Brazil and Portugal. Patrícia is a partner at Rosário Consulting, special counsel at AV Attorneys (Angola) and has published extensively in academic journals and publications, most notably she is co-author of the Angola chapter of African Upstream Oil and Gas: a Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation (2013); "Oil & Gas - Gestão e Negócios em Angola", Oil & Gas Angola Magazine (November 2015); Working with Joint Operating Agreements in Civil Law Jurisdictions: Angola, Portugal, in Joint Operating Agreements - Challenges and Concerns From Civil Law Jurisdictions, Kluwer Law International (July 2015), Chapter 1 (Angola), in African Upstream Oil and Gas: A Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation, Globe Law and Business Publishing (February 2015).


Examples of Patrícia's work include:


• Advising on one of the largest LNG projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.


• Advising a South African mining company on onshore and offshore mining and oil projects.


• Advising on long-term purchasing and licence arrangements with the National Diamond Company of Angola. 


• Advising a Portuguese construction company on environmental law and liability and in obtaining licences and permits in Angola.


• Advising oil and gas service providers on investing in Angola and on penetrating the local market.


• Advising a multinational construction company on the incorporation of a branch in Mozambique.


• Advising Chinese and Brazilian construction companies on incorporation in Angola including negotiating with ANIP. 


• Advising a Swiss private equity fund on compliance issues in Angola.


• Advising an off-shore operator in relation to its rights against an African government regarding a threatened expropriation of its subsoil rights under a Production Sharing Contract.


• Advising an international mining group in complex cost overrun and delay disputes with a state-owned company and its joint venture partner relating to operations off the coast of Namibia.


Patrícia is a native Portuguese speaker and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.




• Qualified Arbitrator, Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

• Member of the ALARB - Latin American Association of Arbitration

• Young ICCA Advisory Member

• Member, Young CEAC Circle within the Chinese Euopean Legal Association

• Member, ICDR Young & International


Email: patricia.rosario@emlaw.co.uk




Eric Okimoto


Eric Okimoto is a technology specialist with a nineteen year record of success in technology innovation, enterprise solutions sales and marketing, and IT strategy and governance. He previously worked for Crown Agents, a global consulting firm that specialises in public sector reform and international development. Eric joined Crown Agents as a business development consultant where he focused on developing Crown Agents' software business in sub-Sarahan Africa and South-East Asia. Eric has travelled extensively to secure and trouble-shoot projects in some of the most challenging parts of the world.


Prior to Crown Agents, Eric was a Managing Director for two Washington DC based firms, RGS Associates and Phase One Consulting Group where he helped both RGS and Phase One undergo many transformations in their services, operations, and strategy while providing IT strategy and technology thought leadership to numerous US Public Sector clients.


Eric received a B.S. Degree from the United States Military Academy where he studied economics. He subsequently spent five years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. While stationed in Germany, he served as a Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, and a Battalion Logistician. Upon completion of his time in service, Eric attended the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he earned an M.B.A. While at Cambridge, Eric completed a thesis on the effects of knowledge management on new product development and innovation.


Eric has exceptional commercial acumen and is available to support our technology clients in a non-legal capacity to  win and deliver projects around the world.


Email: eric.okimoto@emlaw.co.uk




Anna Rabin


Anna specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering law. She qualified at Nabarro in 1998 then practised at Nicholson Graham & Jones, Lovells LLP and Maples Teeside before joining Jeffrey Green Russell in 2006 as Head of Construction where she became a partner.


Anna represents a broad range of clients - developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, purchasers, tenants and funds. She advises on all aspects of the documentation used in construction projects including building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bank and surety bonds, insurance issues and on the construction aspects of development, lease and funding agreements.


Anna contributed to the 2004 reissue of Volume 5 (Building and Engineering Contracts), the 2006 reissue of Volume 38(1) and the 2007 reissue of Volume 38(3) of the Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents (LexisNexis Butterworths). She is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA). Anna is also engaged as a consultant by the College of Law to teach construction master-classes to junior lawyers. In March 2016 Anna was named Construction Lawyer of 2016 at the lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards.





• Solicitors Regulation Authority

• Society of Construction Law

• Technology and Construction Solicitors Association


Email: anna.rabin@emlaw.co.uk




Neville Turner


Neville is a senior level employment lawyer and industrial / employee relations specialist with over 20 years experience mainly in the EMEA region. During this time he has been based in Scotland, England, France and Belgium and worked for law firms (including Linklaters, Eversheds, Oppenheimer Wolf & Donnelly), private and public companies (including Cargill Plc and London & Scottish Marine Oil Plc) and an employer's federation (Confederation of British Industry). In addition Neville has worked as a commercial law adviser and negotiator on projects in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Kuwait and Iran.


Neville is also Director of Legal Services for the Brussels European Relations Group (BEERG).


Neville has wide-ranging in-house industry experience gained in the oil & gas, water, food & agriculture and financial services sectors. He has a very broad knowledge of common and civil law systems in Europe as well as EU law. In addition, after many years working for a US corporation, Neville has an excellent grasp of US laws, procedures and cultures.


Neville has significant industrial relations experience across EMEA, dealing with country works councils and unions. He has played a key management/advisor role on a European works council.


Neville is a pragmatic, adaptable and resilient business partner who enjoys strong relationships and the ability to influence from Board level down. He is culturally astute, diplomatic and exercises sound judgement. 


Neville is fluent in French.



  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)


Email: neville.turner@emlaw.co.uk






Osvaldo Agatiello


Osvaldo is a professor of international economics and governance having studied international economics and law at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (PhD, MALD) and the Universities of Cordoba (LLD) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (LLB).


After working in the capital markets of New York, London, Tokyo and Frankfurt in the 1980s, Osvaldo joined Argentina's team of foreign debt negotiators at the central bank, reaching the level of Under Secretary for Projects and Technical Cooperation and Deputy to the Vice Minister of Economy.


From 1992 to 1997 Osvaldo coordinated the Latin American practice of US law firm Baker & McKenzie focusing mainly on professional development, business development, strategic planning and quality management for over 300 attorneys based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.


In the 2000s Osvaldo helped IBM Global Services secure outsourcing contracts for an aggregate USD 4.5 billion, coordinated a global programme of South-South trade promotion at the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), took up teaching positions at UNITAR and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations and undertook complex consultancy assignments in Afghanistan, Angola, Mozambique and Uzbekistan.


An advisor to national governments and international organisations, Osvaldo has worked, mentored or supervised experts in the field in over 80 countries. He offers clients a wealth of experience in assisting with the implementation of projects in the emerging and frontier markets and exceptional connections at political and diplomatic level.


Based in Geneva, Osvaldo is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English, French, Italian and Portuguese.



  • Inter-American Bar Association IABA
  • International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics ISBEE
  • Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association LACEA


Email: osvaldo.agatiello@emlaw.co.uk






Nataliya Pelykh


Nataliya qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in February 2013. Her particular interests are tax and financial accounting.


Until 2003 Nataliya was based in Kyiv where she achieved a 1st class honours degree in Transport Management and a Masters in Logistics from the Aviation University of Kyiv. From 2002 - 2004 Nataliya worked at First Ukrainian International Bank where she headed up a team dealing mainly with documentary credits and bank guarantees. In 2004 Nataliya moved to London working firstly for Victoria Oil and Gas Plc, an oil and gas exploration and production company operating in Africa and the CIS and then in 2006 Nataliya joined the accounts department of Meridian Securities (UK) Ltd, the executive arm of a $billion group of investment companies located across Europe and the CIS. At Meridian Nataliya dealt with a wide range of accounting activities for the group including preparation of financial statements, accounts payables and receivables, reconciliations, trade payables and receivables accounts, liaising with external auditors and producing annual and monthly accounts for certain of the group's overseas subsidiaries. 


Nataliya is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in Ukrainian and English.



  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Email: nataliya.pelykh@emlaw.co.uk






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