What was the most interesting cross-border, cross-discipline project that you were involved in?
Between 2016 and 2017, China Fishery Group, one of the world’s largest producers of fishmeal and fish oil, filed several bankruptcy (Chapter 11) petitions in New York, among other jurisdictions. One of the group’s holding companies is the owner of main assets which are located in Peru. This is the first and biggest cross-border insolvency case in Peru. Our team is advising the Trustee (manager) appointed by the US Court in this case, dealing with relevant local and US bankruptcy issues, several corporate matters related to the case, the sale of several assets and the sale of the company, as well as tax and litigation matters. The following jurisdictions are involved: Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the US (New York).
Which connections in your life have enhanced or progressed your career
Clients, partners, peers and colleagues. Each one of them has encouraged me to accept new challenges that go beyond my comfort zone and expertise. They have also given me the opportunity to work in the institutional development of the firm, leading to a better understanding of the legal business. Furthermore, studying and working in New York helped me understand how to work internationally and how to manage cross-border cases. Travelling and meeting other lawyers who practice in other jurisdictions greatly expanded my network of international contacts.
Which person would you most like to connect with today or in history?
I would have loved to meet Hannah Arendt (1906 – 1975), a German, Jew, writer, politician and philosopher. She was an exceptional woman and, in her time, influenced government and political matters. She also developed various political theories linked to totalitarianism. Nowadays, we can connect with her through her main writings that include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition and Crises of the Republic.