Member Directory

Ifti Ahmad
Senior Legal Counsel
Ifti is a senior commercial lawyer who joined Marshall Denning in November 2018. With ten years’ experience in the outsourcing, insurance and healthcare sectors, Ifti’s background includes working as legal director at Williams Lea Tag, a global outsourcing group part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group. Prior he spent time at Cardif Pinnacle, the UK insurance arm of BNP Paribas; Elekta, a global radiotherapy equipment manufacturer; Circle, a private hospital company and specialised in commercial healthcare including a secondment to the Department of Health at TPP Law, now Geldards LLP.
Region: EMEA
Ranko Aleksiev
Counsel
Ranko is an international attorney-at-law with a on both public and private sector transactions in the Southern Europe. He has profound knowledge in the fields of European Union and International Law, Data Privacy & Data Protection and Intellectual Property Law. He also provides legal support for French-speaking customers in the UKIIMEA region on an ad hoc basis. Ranko is actively involved as a privacy expert in the Ethics and Compliance Office’s Privacy and Data Protection Office (PDPO). Driven by his deep interest in IT solutions, he is also a member of the Global Software Legal Team (GSLT). Ranko holds an LL.M. in European and International Law from the University of Strasbourg, France.
Region: EMEA
Sam Aziz
Counsel
Sam is a transactional attorney with a focus on complex commercial transactions. He currently supports IT outsourcing transactions within the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail and local government sectors. In addition to providing legal solutions, Sam develops technology and business solutions for his client’s world-wide initiatives.
Region: Americas
Dena Benzie
Legal Director
Dena is a transactional lawyer specialising in negotiating the legal and commercial impact of transitioning people in connection with the performance or cessation of services. She has experience of ITO and BPO in both private and public sectors, including issues associated with public sector and defined benefit pensions.
Region: EMEA
Antonio Bernabeu-López
Sr. Counsel
Antonio is an experienced legal counsel who is result oriented and is used to handle and coordinating large complex IT projects/transactions, both locally and internationally. He is a trusted advisor of senior business management teams in the IT Sector.
Region: EMEA
Sara Bickers
Sr. Counsel
Sara is a commercial IT/IP/Outsourcing lawyer with over twelve years post-qualification experience in Australia and the UK, in private practice and in-house. Her experience spans a broad range of high-value transactional work in Technology and Outsourcing, as well as litigation, intellectual property, privacy and employment law. She also has a degree in Computer Science and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Region: Asia Pacific
Nick Boymal
VP, Legal
Nick leads our legal services teams across the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to joining Marshall Denning, Nick was a Vice President at Hewlett Packard, serving served in various senior legal management roles at Hewlett-Packard in the Asia Pacific region. Nick is also an experienced deal lawyer and negotiator of numerous large IT outsourcing transactions throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Region: Asia Pacific
Bill Casey
Legal Director
Bill has held leadership positions within the in-house Legal departments of industry-leading technology companies. Bill has substantial experience in drafting, negotiating and managing complex technology transactions. He focuses on delivering innovative and efficient contracting solutions to clients.
Region: Americas
Gabriel “Dino” Cieri
Sr. Counsel
Gabriel brings over twenty-five years of legal advisory, negotiation and contracting with an emphasis on (1) software licensing, services and hosting and (2) third party administration regulation, compliance and contracts.
Region: Americas
Marsha Clarke
Associate, Immigration
Marsha is an Immigration Attorney with over seven years of experience. She provides advice and counsel to U.S. based and foreign employees. She assists clients with employment-based non-immigrant visas, PERM labor certification applications, immigrant petitions, and adjustment of status.
Region: Americas
Gonzalo del Castillo Manibog
Legal Counsel
Gonzalo is a member of the Privacy and Technology practice team, specialising in data protection and technology. Prior to joining Marshall Denning, Gonzalo was responsible for London Borough of Lambeth Council’s information governance framework compliance for the GDPR Readiness Project. Gonzalo has a solid background using legal technology solutions, which he acquired as a former eDiscovery lawyer both in the UK and the US working for international law firms. Since the GDPR came into effect, Gonzalo has provided consulting services to implement organizational changes necessary to meet new data protection legislation requirements. Gonzalo is a qualified lawyer in the US (California), where he has practiced in the areas of product liability, litigation, commercial transactions and eDiscovery. He attended law school in San Francisco, earning both his JD and LLM degrees with a focus on EU and International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is a member of the California State Bar and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, holding CIPP/E and CIPM certifications.
Region: EMEA
Daniel DiGregorio
Sr. Counsel
Daniel has worked for the consulting sector during the past twenty years and has experience in structuring, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of complex contracts, including professional services and strategic alliances/corporate partnering. He has provided first-line legal support and advice to business units on risks associated with a wide variety of consulting engagements, including custom software development, implementation of software solutions, e-business and other web-based initiatives.
Region: Americas
Timothy Dreher
Sr. Counsel
Timothy is a general corporate and commercial contracts attorney with extensive and diverse in-house and private practice experience analyzing, structuring, negotiating, and closing transactions and providing strategic business advice, focusing on technology products and services.
Region: Americas
Jay Essley
VP, Legal
Jay leads the Commercial Transactions practice for North America, focused on the delivery of transactional support from both a legal and obligations management perspective. Jay’s expertise in technology enabled tools and processes along with his pragmatic and results-oriented approach drives optimization of the end-to-end commercial contract lifecycle. Jay leverages his extensive domestic and international experience to bring about scalable legal digital transformation for Marshall Denning’s clients. Prior to joining Marshall Denning, Jay was the Director of Commercial Contracts and Deal Governance at Sutherland Global Services, Inc. where he was responsible for client engagement, deal management, deal governance, and negotiation of complex high value global process transformation and digital service agreements. Jay was also responsible for the legal oversight and automation efforts related to the deal governance activities of a global team of lawyers and contract management professionals. In addition, Jay spent time as the Controller, Incentive Compensation for the Business Development group. Jay began his career in litigation representing institutional clients in commercial disputes, antitrust matters, and general corporate issues. Jay focused on complex data management and e-discovery protocols, and in addition to traditional litigation practice duties, maintained oversight of large-scale document review projects. Jay was also responsible for designing and implementing firm best practices of processing data for review and production. Licensed to practice law in New York, Jay has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Bonaventure University and received his law degree from New York Law School.
Region: Americas
Aaron Futch
Sr. Counsel
Aaron is a transactional lawyer with more than 15 years experience in the technology sector who has provided both legal advice and strategic thinking for complex deals around the world. He has particular expertise in the fields of telecommunications, space, and media, where regulatory policy considerations frequently impact business objectives.
Region: Americas
Kirsten Goebbels-Pazic
Sr. Counsel
Kirsten is a transactional lawyer, with a focus on complex IT transactions and has particular experience in drafting and negotiation large contracts in all business sectors. Before joining Marshall Denning, she was Principal Counsel with Computer Sciences Corporation (“CSC”) and supported its business in the Central Region for twenty years.
Region: EMEA
Ian Gray
VP, Business Operations
Ian is a commercial attorney with 17 years of technology and services contracting experience encompassing sales, start-ups, disputes, extensions, and contract wind-down. He has led legal and contracting teams across the Americas, Europe and Africa with a focus on team excellence aligned with our client’s business results. Ian recently returned to Colorado from a two year leadership assignment in London.
Region: Americas
Alan “Randy” Holland
Sr. Counsel
Randy is a practical transactional attorney who has been first chair on dozens of customer and vendor negotiations, closed over $6 billion in revenue, and has an extensive knowledge of US commercial contract law. He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions and providing strategic legal advice on multiple types of service offerings.
Region: Americas
Carla Idzikowski
Sr. Counsel
Carla is a senior commercial contracts and IT lawyer with twenty years experience across a variety of industries; particularly in the Health and Information Technology sectors. Carla’s experience encompasses software licensing, services and support; IT systems integration, consulting, IT recruitment services and Telecommunications.
Region: Asia Pacific
Dimitar Ikonomov
Counsel
Dimitar is a commercial lawyer with a focus on both public and private sector transactions in French and Russian speaking countries. He is member of the Privacy and Data Protection team since its Bulgarian establishment. As part of this team, Dimitar is engaged daily in various data privacy matters . Dimitar holds a second LL.M. in Management of Organizations from Paris-Sud University, France.
Region: EMEA
Kate Irvine
Sr. Counsel
Kate is a commercal contracts lawyer with particular experience in the IT industry. She has worked extensively in house with leading firms, negotiating services contracts with UKPS and energy sector customers and also providing post contract legal support across a wide range of accounts.
Region: EMEA
Alexander Ivanchev
Counsel
Alexander is an international lawyer with experience in European Union, international, and IT law. His role as Counsel at Marshall Denning is to provide support for Italy, advising the business on legal matters and reviewing various documentation. Alexander also supports deals in the Netherlands and is actively involved in the Ethics and Compliance Office's Due diligence and Anti-corruption activities. Alexander studied in four different countries (England, France, Netherlands and Italy) before obtaining his LL.M. in law from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Notably, he speaks several languages , enabling him to add value in the international team of Marshall Denning.
Region: EMEA
Nikolay Ivanov
Counsel
Nikolay is a corporate and transactional attorney specializing in, technology . He has an extensive and diversified professional experience in international law firms as well as in-house positions at commercial banks, investment intermediaries and asset management companies. Nikolay’s role as Counsel at Marshall Denning includes overseeing commercial transactions as well as managing a wide range of corporate matters . Nikolay holds an LL.M. in European and International Business Law from University of Vienna and a post-graduate qualification in U.S. Intellectual Property Law from Stanford University Law School.
Region: EMEA
Mariya Kapari
Counsel
Mariya is an attorney with background in EU consumer and marketing law as well as Regulatory. Her experience covers both private practices and the EU institutions. Her role in Marshall Denning is to provide legal support for Southern Europe with a focus on France, advising the business on legal matters and reviewing various documentation. She holds a B.A. in International relations and an LL.M. in Jurisdiction from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Region: EMEA
Ivan Karadobrev
Counsel
Ivan is a lawyer with experience including pharmaceutical, European Unio, and IT law. His current role as Counsel at Marshall Denning includes providing legal support for Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, business advice and legal review of contractual documents. He also supportsSouth America for certain tasks . Ivan holds an LL.M. in Law and Public Administration from the University of Seville, and a post-graduate qualification in European Studies from the University of Seville.
Region: EMEA
Niya Kennedy
Counsel
Niya is a transactional attorney and mediator. Having worked in both the private and public sector, she brings experience in policy development and implementation, legislative and regulatory compliance, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and workplace issues. Her political background includes acting as an advisor to Michigan’s former governor.
Region: Americas