our people

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Partner - New York - Corporate


T// +1 2125458022
E// Allan.Rooney@rooneynimmo.com


Allan Rooney is a graduate of the Edinburgh University Law School in Scotland, where he graduated with honors. He also studied at the University of Texas Law School in Austin through a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University of Texas in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh.

Upon relocating to New York, Allan worked as a commodities trader before beginning his legal career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, his practice concentrated on international tax and compensation issues and securities-related matters, advising several Fortune 50 companies. He later worked at a boutique, commercial litigation and corporate firm representing corporate clients. With the backing of his clients, Allan founded the firm in 2007 and attributes its growth to its commitment to providing the highest possible level of client service, coupled with sophisticated business-focused legal advice.

Allan is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Partner - New York - Litigation


T// +1 2125458022
E// christina.burgos@rooneynimmo.com


Christina Burgos graduated from New York University (magna cum laude) with honors and received her J.D. from Fordham School of Law. She began her career in the litigation practice of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, focusing heavily on white collar criminal defense. As an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP, Christina practiced commercial litigation under the Chair of the White Collar & Securities litigation group.
Christina later co-founded Ginsberg & Burgos PLLC, a boutique litigation firm concentrating on white collar and criminal defense, securities, complex civil litigation, and sports law—an area in which Christina earned particular distinction, representing several high profile professional athletes and acting as adversary counsel to the NFL on a matter reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christina is admitted as an attorney in New York and New Jersey.

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Partner - New York - Corporate


T// +1 2125458022
E// tim.davis@rooneynimmo.com


Timothy Davis is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia College. After law school, Tim was a corporate associate at Chadbourne & Parke and later joined Macmillan Inc. as an Assistant General Counsel. In 1989, he became General Counsel of American Color Graphics, Inc., where he worked on numerous acquisitions in the rapidly consolidating printing industry. In 2005, he became General Counsel of Cenveo, Inc., a publicly traded company that became the third largest printing company in the U.S.

Tim handles mergers and acquisitions for our firm’s clients, in addition to general corporate work.

Tim is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Partner - UK - Corporate


T// +44 (0)131 220 9571
M// +44 (0)7811 458 506
E// john.nimmo@rooneynimmo.co.uk


John Nimmo is an experienced corporate, funds and investment company and investment services lawyer. He has acted on listings in aggregate around £2bn on the LSE (including setting up new investment companies numbering well into double figures and over twenty full prospectuses), and has launched unlisted investment vehicles aggregating to around a similar size. John has also acted on both hostile and recommended public takeover offers.

John has extensive experience of national and international acquisitions, disposals and investments of material size and at the other end of the spectrum of helping start up, spin out and growth companies, acting variously for management, the company and investors.

He has previously advised funds managed by a wide number of the major investment houses and has advised corporate and individual clients on a wide range of acquisitions and investments as well as having helped a number of clients obtain FCA authorisation.

He was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hamburg and Glasgow and holds a masters in law from Cornell University. John holds the Certificate in Corporate Finance from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

John Nimmo is a solicitor admitted in Scotland, UK, and attorney admitted in New York.

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Associate - New York - Corporate


T// +1 2125458022
E// ziyan.gao@rooneynimmo.com


Ziyan Gao is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia College. While at law school, Ziyan served as the Co-President of the Society for Chinese Law during his second year, and is also a member of the Asian Pacific Law Student Association.

Ziyan assists firm clients on general corporate work, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ziyan Gao is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Partner - New York - Tax, Corporate


T// +1 2125458022
E// tim.fisher@rooneynimmo.com


Timothy P. Fisher has combined tax expertise with general corporate representation to provide fully integrated legal advice to the business community. Over 30 years of experience in income tax, estate tax, pension, ERISA and general business law enables Tim to interpret and resolve client business concerns in a comprehensive manner.

Tim has degrees from the University of Notre Dame (BS in Physics) and New York University (JD and LLM Taxation) where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Taxation. Tim represents firm clients that are publicly traded corporations, closely held businesses, and their principals. He also represents not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates and individuals regarding estate planning, executive employment and compensation arrangements, benefits and income tax issues. Over the years, Tim has lectured on estate planning, pension and profit sharing plans, ESOPs, new tax legislation, ERISA, and deferred compensation programs for profit and not-for-profit companies and their executives. He has also written articles on ESOPs and for ten years edited the tax chapter of Bertram Harnett’s “Responsibilities of Insurance Agents and Brokers,” published by Matthew Bender & Co. Tim assists the firm’s clients with respect to corporate and tax matters.

Timothy Fisher is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Partner - San Francisco - Corporate, Intellectual Property, Employment


T// +1 4152873207
E// sean.hogle@rooneynimmo.com


For more than 23 years, Sean has practiced in the areas of technology, intellectual property, employment, and commercial law for technology ventures worldwide, serving as the chief legal officer for numerous enterprises in various stages of growth, from founding to IPO.

Sean began his legal career with a large law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he represented numerous technology ventures in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, technology licensing, and intellectual property management, counseling and enforcement. Sean additionally enjoyed an extensive state and federal litigation and arbitration practice.

Eventually, Sean moved in-house with Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he ultimately became Assistant General Counsel as an expatriate in Tokyo. Sean then joined the wireless and consumer software venture Aplix Corporation, also based in Tokyo, as General Counsel. Sean facilitated Aplix's international growth and eventual IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sean also managed, as President and COO, the company's US and European subsidiaries in San Francisco and Munich.

Sean is admitted as an attorney in California, Colorado, and Virginia.

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Of Counsel - New York - Real Estate, Trust


T// +1 2125458022
E// jill.kupferberg@rooneynimmo.com


In addition to her private practice caseload, Jill assists Rooney Nimmo clients on real estate matters and also with their tax & estate planning needs. Jill’s work includes preparation of wills, estate tax plans, health care proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney, and in matters of probate and estate administration.

Qualified by the Joint Legal Referral Service of the Bar Association of the City of New York and the County Lawyers’ Association to represent clients in trust and estate matters.

Jill Kupferberg is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Of Counsel - New York - Litigation


T// +1 2125458022
E// kenneth.aldous@rooneynimmo.com


In addition to his own private practice, Ken assists Rooney Nimmo clients with respect to litigation matters. Ken holds law degrees from Boston College Law School (cum laude) and King’s College London (with merit), advanced degrees in history from The University at Albany-SUNY and Oxford University (with distinction), and an undergraduate degree in theology from Oral Roberts University (summa cum laude).

Kenneth Aldous is admitted as an attorney in New York, and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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Of Counsel - New York - Employment


T// +1 2125458022
E// tracey.levy@rooneynimmo.com


In addition to her own private practice caseload, Tracey I. Levy assists Rooney Nimmo clients with respect to employment law matters. Tracey offers clients the benefit of experienced employment law advice, combined with sophisticated human resources strategy and solutions, Tracey guides managers and in-house counsel through the full employee life- cycle, providing practical advice on workplace-related issues.
Tracey was an Employee Relations Specialist with UBS AG, with over 20,000 employees in the US. At UBS, Tracey was responsible for ensuring fairness and consistency in its approach to managing employees. Serving as the Americas HR policy lead, Tracey advised on policy interpretation and employment law obligations, led strategic planning and rollout of new HR policies and processes, and developed and delivered training to achieve adoption.

Tracey Levy is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Of Counsel - New York - Immigration


T// +1 2125458022
E// emre.ozgu@rooneynimmo.com


Emre Ozgu received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1994 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1997. A partner at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP, Emre specializes in immigration law, focusing on issues of employment and family immigration.
Emre regularly assists the firm’s international clients in procuring business-related employment visas and with other immigration related matters.

Emre Ozgu is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Of Counsel - New York - Intellectual Property


T// +1 2125458022
E// bill.samuels@rooneynimmo.com


Bill works with clients to secure domestic and international trademark, copyright, and patent protections, to enforce and defend client rights, and to advise on commercializing intellectual property. As Co-Chair of the Trademark Committee of the NY State Bar Association, Chair of the NY State Bar IP Section Membership Committee he speaks to various groups regarding current and emerging IP issues. Bill is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA) as well as California Lawyers for the Arts.

Bill is a principal in W.R. Samuels Law PLLC and of counsel to Rooney Nimmo, where he assists firm clients with IP matters like transactional licensing and M&A related advice as well as IP prosecution work.

Bill is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and recipient of the TI:GER Certificate in Intellectual Property and IP Commercialization. He holds an MA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Georgetown University.

Bill is admitted as an attorney in New York and California.

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Of Counsel - New York


E// chad.friedman@rooneynimmo.com


Chad earned his B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Chad joined and subsequently became partner at Ravin Greenberg & Friedman LLC, a boutique law firm concentrating on bankruptcy and insolvency law. Chad represents debtors, official creditors committees, trustees and creditors in both large and small cases.
Chad advises the firm’s clients with respect to bankruptcy law issues.

Chad Friedman is admitted as an attorney in New York.

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Of Counsel - New York, Chicago - Corporate


E// kevin.mcanally@rooneynimmo.com


Kevin advises software, technology, consulting, and other emerging and established companies in business organization, privacy law, corporate finance, and commercial matters, including formation, capital raising, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Kevin Mcanally is admitted as an attorney in New York and Illinois.

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Of Counsel - New York - Corporate


T// +1 2125458022
E// gili.gibli@rooneynimmo.com


Gili’s practice focuses primarily on startup, clients corporate needs including seed financing and venture capital and intellectual property law. She represents domestic and foreign entrepreneurs, investors, startups, early stage companies and established businesses in a variety of industries, including advertising, social media, technology, food and beverage, mobile, entertainment, SaaS and more.

As an attorney with an entrepreneurial spirit, Gili loves being a part of helping businesses grow and develop and feels personal satisfaction from her work with emerging businesses. Gili began practicing law in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2008 where she provided counsel to dozens of start-up and technology companies. Gili’s passion and ambition drew her to New York to practice law on the biggest stage. She holds a J.D. from NAC in Israel and LL.M from Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law in New York.

Gili is licensed to practice in New York and Israel. Gili assists the firm’s clients with respect to general corporate matters.

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Solicitor - UK - Corporate


T// +44(0) 131 220 9573
M// +44 (0) 7803 817 451
E// max.scharbert@rooneynimmo.co.uk


Max Scharbert is an experienced corporate lawyer who has worked for Ashurst LLP and Maclay Murray & Spens LLP. He also worked as in-house legal counsel at NCM Fund Services. He has practised in Scotland, England and Germany. He has extensive experience of a wide range of corporate and commercial work and specialises in joint ventures, private equity, mergers and acquisition, commercial contracts and advising start-up companies and funds. He is the chairman of the German British Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. He also speaks German fluently.

Max was educated at the Universities of Cologne and Edinburgh and the College of Law in London. He holds a masters in law from the University of Edinburgh. He is admitted in England & Wales as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany and is a Registered European Lawyer in Scotland.

Areas of practice: Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Commercial Contracts.

Max Scharbert is a solicitor admitted in England & Wales and as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany and is a Registered European Lawyer in Scotland.

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Solicitor - UK - Corporate


T// +44 (0) 131 220 9574
M// +44 (0) 7739 863 708
E// george.peto@rooneynimmo.co.uk


George joined the firm in September 2013 and is a director of the UK firm. Prior to joining George worked in investment management for HSBC and economic consulting for commercial real estate group DTZ, before completing his law degree at Edinburgh University in 2011 and undertaking his legal traineeship at DLA Piper Scotland LLP. George focuses on corporate finance and private equity work, and advises start-ups and SMEs, in particular high growth and tech companies, on a range of corporate and general commercial matters including financing rounds, share issues, intellectual property, commercial contracts and employment related issues. George also acts on behalf of a number of investor syndicates and individual investors in start-ups and SMEs.

George holds both the Certificate in Investments and the Certificate in Corporate Finance awarded by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. In addition to his LLB George studied languages at Edinburgh University graduating in 2003, and holds an LLM with distinction in International Investment Arbitration also from Edinburgh University. He speaks Dutch, German and French fluently.

Areas of practice: Corporate, High Growth and Tech, Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Employment and International Transactions, Dispute Resolution

George Peto is a solicitor admitted in Scotland.

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Solicitor - UK - Corporate


T// +44 (0) 208 629 2151
M// +44 (0) 7715 380 367
E// edward.sloan@rooneynimmo.co.uk


Edward has a broad range of experience advising on financial services, corporate and commercial matters. Edward has acted on fund raisings and reorganisations for both companies and investors, including where companies are raising funds from both UK and US investors and has experience of dealing with regulatory issues in the USA. Edward also advises on the associated structural and contractual issues. Edward also deals with a range of finance and investment related work including various aspects of financial regulation and compliance with FCA rules.

Edward studied History at Durham University, graduating in 2006, before returning to Edinburgh to read law at Edinburgh University in 2009.

Areas of practice: Corporate, High Growth and Tech, Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Employment and International Transactions, Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, Funds

Edward is based in the firm’s London office and is admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.

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HR & Immigration Advisor - UK


T// +44 (0) 131 220 9576
M// +44 (0) 7427 238 951
E// breanna.simpson@rooneynimmo.co.uk


Breanna Simpson recently joined the team having graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA in 2015. Bre has had previous work experience in a business and financial consulting agency prior to moving to the U.K. in August of 2015. Bre is responsible for business and administrative support to the team, as well as acting as an executive on transactions.

Bre is an employment/HR and immigration adviser and team executive giving transaction and executive support in other areas.

Bre is not a solicitor or attorney.

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Company Secretary - UK


T// +44 (0) 131 220 9570
E// alison.cowe@rooneynimmo.co.uk


Alison joined the firm in 2009, when the law firm was established and is Company Secretary. Alison worked at Arthur Andersen in Edinburgh in their accountancy division for some thirteen years, as an Executive Assistant with various senior members of staff including for seven years as an Executive Assistant to an Audit Partner. In 2002, Alison joined Inveresk Research as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer and Group Financial Controller and was recruited by the former Inveresk chief executive as PA when he established his own company, 1wn in 2005.

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Solicitor, Judge - UK - Immigration, Employment


E// stewart.watt@rooneynimmo.co.uk


Stewart Watt is a vastly experienced practitioner with particular expertise in employment and immigration law. He currently sits as a part time immigration judge in London, although based in Edinburgh, and was previously an employment tribunal judge.
He deals with appeals from decisions of the Home Office on all types of Immigration issues, including asylum, humanitarian protection, E.E.C. Regulations, study visas, working business and investment visas,family cases and deportation.
He complements our existing capabilities to deal with matters concerning employment law and immigration applications, practices and procedures, including both the initial advisory stage and our litigation team’s ability to present applications to the Home Office and Appeals to Immigration Tribunal against Home Office decisions.

Areas of practice: Immigration and Employment

Stewart Watt is an employment and immigration consultant.