Honorary Member/Chairman

  • Honorary Members

    Name: Gerd O. Ziegenfeuter

    Firm: Ziegenfeuter - Gaetjens - Saber

    Info: Gerd O. Ziegenfeuter was granted with the title of an “Honorary Chairman Emeritus” (Ehrenvorsitzender) for his loyal dedicated and efficient service during the past 28 years as CONSULEGIS founding Member, Board Member and Chairman.

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    Name: Pedro Pais de Almeida


    Term: 05/01/2013 - 04/24/2015

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    Pedro concluded a law degree from Lisbon’s University Lusíada in 1990. In 1996, he concluded post graduate studies in Taxation at Instituto Superior de Gestão in Lisbon. He is a specialist in Tax Law and a member of the Tax Committee on Direct Taxation of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (European Tax Confederation).

    In 1996 Pedro founded Pacsa Law Firm a niche practice specializing mainly on corporate and M&A,which was integrated by Abreu Advogados in 2008. Since then, Pedro is a partner with Abreu Advogados, is a member of the Firm’s board of directors in charge of the Firm’s communication and marketing department, coordinates the Firm’s Tax Practice Group and is also an active member in the Corporate M&A Group.

    Pedro is Co-Head of the Mozambican Desk of Abreu Advogados and assists clients investing in Mozambique mainly in Corporate M&A and Tax matters. He also participated as speaker and moderator in several seminars about investment in Mozambique.

    Pedro is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Consulegis, EEIG. Pedro is also a member of the Executive Committee of UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) and Director of Commissions, and also a member of the Executive Committee of NYSBA (New York State Bar Association) International Section.

    Over the years, Pedro coordinated several seminars in the areas of taxation and related areas and published several articles and papers in these areas. He is also a Tax Arbitrator.

    Pedro co-authored the books "JusPrático IRC 2010” and "JusPrático IRC 2011”, a commentary of the Portuguese Corporate Income Tax, published by Wolters Kluwer and Coimbra Editora.

    Pedro is deeply involved in the Firm’s CSR projects and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board(1998-2002) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (2003-2009) of CAIS - Associação de Solidariedade Social, a Portuguese Charity Institution for the Homeless and is presently member of the Supervisory Board of IES - Instituto de Empreendorismo Social, a Portuguese Charity Institution of Social Entrepreneurs.

    As a Lawyer, Pedro assists many Charity institutions on tax matters and has been involved in many M&A transactions, debt restructuring operations, tax efficiency structures and corporate reorganizations and restructurings.

    Name: Dr. Roland Ermini

    Info: Dr. Roland Ermini was granted with the title of an “Honorary Member” for his loyal and efficient services during the 12 years as CONSULEGIS Managing Director.

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    Name: Michael R. Newman

    Firm: Daar & Newman

    Term: 05/01/2011 - 05/01/2015

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    An experienced litigator, Michael has tried numerous cases in both the State and Federal Courts in California as well as cases in Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In the field of international business litigation, his cases have required his participation in matters in Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia and Sweden.

    Michael is actively involved in handling international business and transactional matters. In 1998 he organized the German-American Strategic Partnership, which has members throughout Germany, and has held conferences in Frankfurt, Berlin and Erfurt. Michael served as Vice Chairman of the German American Chamber of Commerce.

    Michael has served as a consultant for several foreign government agencies, including the Berlin Economic Development Corporation; Berlin Senatzkanzli, Media Division; LEG Thüringen; Mitteldeutschemedienforderung; and the Hannover Economic Development Corporation.

    In furtherance of international education, Michael serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Emerging Markets, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Michael has served on the Finance and Physical Development Committee of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa (Israel).

    Michael's expertise in the fields of international business law and litigation and insurance law has led to numerous speaking engagements for regional, national and international organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association; Consulegis EEIG, conferences in Paris, Madrid, Dublin and Berlin; California State University–Fullerton, Center for the Study of Emerging Markets; National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, the American Insurance Association Conference on Fraud in the Insurance Industry, the Insurance Fraud Institute, the Eastern Claims Conference and as the keynote speaker of the Eastern Life Claims Conference.

    Michael has authored several published articles, including: "A Plan for Oversight by Loss- Prevention Counsel as a Means for Reduction of Attorney Malpractice Claims — The Eleven Commandments of Avoiding Attorney Malpractice," and "Avoidance of Bad Faith — A Measure of Fairness." He has also co- authored articles on "Punitive Damage Avoidance in the Business of Insurance" and "Suicide and Life Insurance: When Doctor Meets Lawyer".

    Michael’s biography is published in Marquis Publications Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Business & Finance, and Who’s Who in the West.

    Michael’s life- long passion for mathematics and science led to awards (U. S. Navy Science Award in Mathematics, New York University Bronze Medal in Physics), study at the NASA Institute in Space Physics at Columbia University/Goddard Space Flight Center, and enhances his contributions to cases involving professional liability, products liability and environmental impact. He has an undergraduate degree in astrophysics.

    Recognizing the long- term effects for the country’s health care system and the insurance industry, Michael organized a Conference on AIDS: Its Impact on Life and Health Insurance, held in New York.

    An interest in athletics and in serving the community at large has involved Michael as a member of the Board of Directors for the Athletics Congress of the United States, and member of the Southern California Committee, Governmental Liaison Advisory Commission, and the Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Michael has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Athletics Congress of the United States.

    Michael is an avid sailor, skier and tennis player—and when he finds time, can be found practicing on the piano.

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