International Studies Class Notes

July 12, 2012Duke Law News


Francisco Prat (LLM ’09) married Catalina Gachot on September 3, 2011 in Santiago, Chile.

Jie (Jeanne) Huang (SJD ’10) celebrated her wedding to Shankuan (Jack) Chen before the Chinese Lunar New Year in 2012 in her hometown. They currently live in Shanghai.

Chris Luwaga (LLM ’11) married Unnie on May 5, 2012.


Ralf Weisser’s (LLM ’91) welcomed a daughter, Therese Sophie, was born on Monday, March 12, 2012. She is the newest member of the family of five.

Kotaro Tamura (LLM ’95) is a proud father of his first baby girl.

Marc David Fitoussi (LLM ’96) welcomed a new son, Hillel Moses, born October 22, 2011.

Andrew McNee (LLM ’99) and his wife Deb had a daughter, Georgia, on June 28, 2011.

Lin Chua (LLM ’00), together with her husband Evert Vink, are proud parents of Kai Peit Oliver Vink, a baby boy born on February 10, 2012.

Julie Darrot (LLM ’00) gave birth to a daughter named Lana, who was born on October 21, 2011.

Guillaume Barbier (LLM ’02) welcomed daughter Aurélie Clara Barbier, who was born on April 17, 2012.

Gitanjali Workman (LLM ’02) and her husband Doug are thrilled to announce the arrival of their new baby, Kavya Jean Workman, born on June 10, 2011.

Omar Al Saab (LLM ’03) and his wife were blessed with a new baby girl, born on September 2, 2011.

Daniel J. Zimmer (LLM ’03) and his wife Maik had a boy, Noah Julian, in February 2011.

Nicolas Diebold-Lauterburg (LLM ’04) and his wife, Valerie Diebold-Lauterburg, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Livia Aylin, on April 21, 2012.

Yuichiro Hirota (LLM ’07) is the happy father of baby Yuta, born in August.

Shimrit Itay (SJD ’07) gave birth to her baby Yuval Horev on July 24, 2011.

Yusuke Abe (LLM ’08) and his wife Misaki welcomed their newborn daughter Maika, which means "dancing flower."

Alon Azulay (LLM ’08) and his wife Liron welcomed their first baby girl, Gaia, on December 17, 2011.

Emmanuel Ceusters (LLM ’09) and Cloe are proud to announce the birth of their son, Theo, on May 1, 2012.

Arne Arnason (LLM ’10), welcomed his daughter on Valentine’s Day.

Hideki Takaishi (LLM ’10) welcomed his second baby, a beautiful boy, in May 2011.

Ilit Ostrovitch-Levi (LLM ’10) welcomed a girl, Eliana, in 2011.

Naokuni Kuwagata (LLM ’11) welcomed his second child, a girl named Sawa Kaylei Kuwagata, in April at the NYU Langone Medical Center.


Marianne Philip, a partner at Kromann Reumert in Copenhagen, was recently featured on the front page of the Berlingske Business, a major Danish business newspaper, as the only Danish lawyer top rated in three tough disciplines in respected international ratings.


Eri Furukawa is a partner at City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo, Japan. Her practice spans a broad array of areas, including banking, capital markets, structured finance, insurance, real estate, and securitization.


Andrew McNee was promoted in July 2011 to partner in Maddocks, one of Australia’s Top 20 law firms with offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Gordon Walker continues to teach at La Trobe University Law School in Australia and has traveled widely this year, teaching and advising in Hawaii, Texas, Hong Kong, England, and Thailand.


Mariana Simoes joined Delmar-Ugarte Abogados as Of-Counsel after three years leading the legal department of Odebrecht, one of the largest Brazilian corporations.


Pedro Castro Nevares, alongside with eight other colleagues from Argentina, started a new law firm in Buenos Aires in March. He says, “So far it has been an extraordinary experience, and the practice has grown giving all the partners high expectations for times to come.”


Dr. Stephan Bauer joined Esche Schuemann Commichau located in Hamburg, Germany, in April as partner in the M&A /Corporate/Restructuring Department, where his main areas of work include corporate, bankruptcy and intellect property.

Matsasura Kadota published a new book in March titled “Business Reorganization and Bonds Restructuring,” which she coauthored with Hideyuki Sakai (LLM ‘82) and Yuri Ide.

Jinping Yang started working as an in-house lawyer at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. after spending a couple of years at several law firms.


Laura M. Walker, who until recently was with Allen & Overy in London, was accepted into Oxford University to pursue a degree in Archeology.

Nicholas Diebold-Lauterburg is currently working at the Swiss Competition Commission as head of internal market affairs in Berne, Switzerland.


Gretchen Bellamy joined University of Miami law school as the Director of International Public Interest Programs for the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center.

Peter Naismith, formerly with Sullivan & Cromwell, joined Reservoir Capital Group, a private investment firm based in New York, as associate general counsel.


Mayumi Kurabe, who held an academic position at Doshisha University, was promoted to Professor at Hosei University, in Tokyo, Japan.

Javier Robalino was named partner and is currently the head of the international arbitration practice at Paz Horowitz Robalino in Ecuador.

Kyoungjin Choi has been appointed a Special Committee Member of South Korea’s President’s Council on National ICT Strategies while he continues to teach and serve as the director of Gachon Law Institute.

Pei-Kan Yang teaches International Trade and Public Health at Taipei Medical University. He is also leading the effort to establish a new graduate Institute of Medical and Health Law in Taiwan.


Raul Sergio Salinas was promoted to the Director of Compliance & Corporate Governance & e-Business of Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexico-based holding company principally engaged in cement manufacturing.

Giedrius Kolesnikovas is now partner of Motieka & Audzevicius, a fast growing law firm in Lithuania.

Eriko Taoka continues to work as a full-time lecturer at Kokusikan University Faculty of Law and will become an associate professor next spring.


Carlos Valderrama was offered a position in the Peruvian Government in February 2011 as chair of the Commission Representing the Republic of Peru in International Investment Disputes, such as ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals.


Tomohiko Nakamura, remains part of the legal team at Sony in Japan, and since 2010 has been assigned to serve as a Legal Facilitator of Blu-ray Disc Association, a consortium comprised of CE manufacturers, Hollywood studios, and IT companies which promote Blu-ray Disc Format.

Philipp Cirkel holds a new position as the representative of Lower Saxony to the EU in Brussels, where he is responsible for financial affairs and budgetary issues.

Dian Abdul Hamed Shah visited the University of Hawaii Law School, where she spoke at a conference and met with students and professors.


Tania Khosla recently joined Khaitan & Co. The law firm, which has its roots in Kolkata, has recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. In addition to Kolkata, the firm has offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Mikkel Andersen joined the law firm of Bech-Bruun after it merged with his previous law firm. Mikkel works on corporate real estate and litigation. After the merge, Bech-Bruun is the second largest law firm in Denmark with 530 employees.

Arthur Bertin is now working with DFI Advocates, located in Paris, France, specializing in Private Equity and Investment funds.

Daniel Ribeiro was admitted into the Energy Planning PhD program at one of the most prestigious schools in Brazil. His focus will be on Environmental Impact Assessment at COPPE/UFRJ. He is glad to continue his research on impact assessment and climate change related issues.

Arni Freyr Arnason, who after graduation went to work for BBA Legal, finally saw the results of 15 months of work when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the case where his client, the the UK government, contested the Icelandic government’s actions in response to the financial collapse.

Jie (Jeanne) Huang won two 2-year research grants from Shanghai government and is looking forward to publishing her SJD thesis sometime this year.

Hideki Takaishi left the Washington DC area, and returned to Japan, where he is working at Nakamura & Partners.


Negar Haeri started the year 2012 with a new position at Jones Day, Paris.

Felicity Molan went back to work as an in-house counsel in the ANZ & South Asia division of Fujitsu.

Porapong Klunkleeb is currently working as a procurement & legal officer at PTT, where he is in charge of Floating LNG business.

Bilge Mersin is currently in the UK doing his PhD at the University of Sheffield. His research project is about human DNA diagnostic tests and access to genetic technologies in different countries.

Stella Loong (Exchange 2011) is working at DLA Piper as an IP and Technology lawyer, representing mainly government clients.

Chris Luwaga is moving in-house following a year at a law firm as the Manager of Legal & Regulatory Affairs at the Ugandan subsidiary of American Tower Corporation.

Robert J. McGuire (JD ’11) hosted three friends from the 2010 Duke-Geneva Institute, Toyo Kaminiwa, his wife, Misae; and Shiho Ono for a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner compliments of Robert’s aunt.

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