LLM Scholars

NYU@NUS Scholars

Current Scholars

Christian Hofman (David Marshall Scholar LLM '13)


Previous Scholars

Tomasz Krzywicki (David Marshall Scholar LLM '12)
Omolo Joseph Agutu (Singapura Scholar LLM '11)
Matthew Dresden (Singapura Scholar LLM '10)
Jorge Alberto Gómez (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '10)
Huang Liwen (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '10)
Diego Germán Mejía-Lemos (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '10)
Ludwig Ureel (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '10)
Wang Zhenyu (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '10)
Lorraine Finlay (Singapura Scholar LLM '09)
Juliet M. Hanna (Singapura Scholar LLM '09)
Tatiana Anpilogova (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '09)
Ying Chen (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '09)
Fernando Eyzaguirre (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '09)
Oliver Friedmann (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '09)
Elena Rose (David Marshall Scholar LLM '08)
Sricharan Rangarajan (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '08)
Jordan Zed (Bashir Mallal Scholar LLM '08)


Christian Hofman
Prior to studying in the NYU@NUS program, Christian held academic teaching and research positions and worked for the German government.

He received his law degrees (JD equivalent, Dr. iur. and post-doctorate) from German universities (Freiburg, Halle-Wittenberg and Berlin). He was a judicial clerk for two years and interned for the European Commission. He lived in the US twice, first as a visiting scholar and Humboldt Fellow at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), then as a Global Research Fellow at NYU School of Law. His main research interests are in Company and Banking Law, fields in which he has published substantially.

Tomasz Krzywicki
Tomasz Krzywicki, a Polish citizen, received his law degree from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He graduated with the highest grade awarded to students and was awared a number of scholarships including merit-based scholarships for academic achievements at the Jagiellonian University as well as scholarships for the top student granted by the regional community. Tomasz also studied law at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and at the School of German Law (Universities Heidelberg, Mainz and Cracow) where he graduated top of his class. Upon graduation, Tomasz commenced his PhD studies at the University of Heidelberg under supervision of Prof. Peter-Christian Müller-Graff (as a receipient of German Research Foundation scholarship within European Doctoral College), where he specialized in EU, German and Polish competition law. During his PhD studies Tomasz presented his research results on a number of conferences in Germany and abroad and completed research stays in Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. He submitted his Ph.D. thesis prior to embarking on the LLM Program at NYU.

During his law studies and following graduation Tomasz interned, among others, with Norton Rose in Singapore and Deutsche Bank in Germany. Furthermore, Tomasz has over two years diversified experience in advising on tax consequences of mergers, acquisitions, disposals, refinancing, restructurings and initial public offerings in Poland, Germany and Luxembourg. Pior to moving to Singapore, Tomasz specialized in Tax law advisory in Luxembourg. In addition, during his PhD studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for German and European Company and Commercial Law in Heidelberg. During his studies, he also worked as a research fellow at the European Centre for Comparative and Commercial Company Law and served as a Vice President at European Law Students´ Association. He is affiliated with the Institute of Competition Law in Paris and Working Group "Convergence des Droits" (Universities Nancy, Heidelberg and Basel).

Tomasz will pursue his LLM studies in Global Business Law at NYU and Corporate and Financial Services Law at NUS. After his graduation, Tomasz plans to sit for the New York Bar Exam and return to the practice of tax law. In the long term he also considers a career in legal academia. In his free time, he enjoys running and travelling.

Omolo Joseph Agutu
Omolo Joseph graduated from Moi University (Kenya) with a high Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Law in 2009. Since his completion of undergraduate studies, he has worked with NGOs offering legal aid to refugees in Kenya. First, between June and December 2009, he worked as a volunteer with Refugee Consortium of Kenya. Later, in January 2010, he joined Kituo Cha Sheria’s Urban Refugee Intervention Programme where he worked as an intern till May, 2010.

In the NYU@NUS Programme he will be doing his concentration on Asian Business and US Trade Law for the NYU LLM and Intellectual Property and Technology for the National University of Singapore LLM.

Omolo Joseph has a strong interest in various legal policy issues ranging from international regulation of trade and intellectual property to refugee protection. He looks forward to working in research, consultancy and policy formulation environment in the foregoing areas.

Subsequent to his graduate studies in Singapore Joseph looks forward to working towards admission to the New York Bar as well as the Bar in Kenya. Ultimately, he aspires to venture into academic law.

Matthew Dresden
Matthew Dresden is a 1993 graduate of Stanford University, where he studied film and computer science and was awarded a Rebele Foundation Grant for journalism and a full-tuition teaching fellowship for three years of graduate studies in computer science. After graduating, he worked in Hollywood for eight years as an independent filmmaker and a production executive for Roger Corman's Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. In 2006, he earned his JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he was Chief Managing Editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal, a Teaching Assistant in the Lawyering Skills Program, and a two-year board member of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Also in 2006, he earned a MA in Urban Planning from the UCLA School of Public Affairs, where he received a full-tuition University of California Institute of Transportation Studies Fellowship, the Julie Roque Fellowship for Environmental Justice, and the Hildebrand Fellowship for Canadian Studies, and was twice designated a Hagman Conference Scholar.

After graduating from law school, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Jeff Bohm, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, following which he clerked for the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. During his LLM studies in Singapore and Shanghai, Matthew will be concentrating on US and Asian Business and Trade Law, and International and Comparative Law. He is admitted to the State Bars of California and Washington.

Jorge Alberto Gómez
Jorge Alberto Gómez received his law degree from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) in 2007. He graduated first in his class and received a Magna Cum Laude in Law Degree. During his time as a student he pursued undergraduate studies in Economics, was an exchange student at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), a member of the Program for Equality and Social Inclusion and interned at the Fiduciaria (Trust Company) of Bogotá. His undergraduate dissertation, “Derivados de crédito: comentarios sobre su viabilidad y propuestas para su desarrollo legal en Colombia” (Credit Derivatives: Comments about their Feasibility and Proposals for their Legal Development in Colombia) received the distinction of Meritorious and Publishable Dissertation and was a finalist in the twelfth National Otto de Greiff Contest of Best Undergraduate Dissertations.

After receiving his law degree, Mr. Gómez obtained a Postgraduate Specialization in Financial Law Degree from Universidad de los Andes in 2008, where he graduated first in his class.

Prior to commencing his studies at NYU@NUS, Mr. Gómez worked as an Associate at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, the largest Colombian law firm, where he worked as member of the Securities (as Coordinator of the Practice Team), Foreign Exchange & Derivatives, and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Teams. Additionally, he was a professor of Financial Law (Banks) at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is currently a Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore. Among his publications is ¿Deben permitirse los derivados de crédito? – Aspectos económicos, financieros y legales de esta discusión (Should Credit Derivatives be Permitted? Economic, Financial and Legal Aspects of the Discussion).

His professional interests include international finance, trade, commercial arbitration and investment law.

Huang Liwen
Huang Liwen graduated from the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) with a LLB in 2007, and a LLM specializing in international law in 2009. Her interest in conflict of laws has brought her to Hong Kong, Oxford, and Virginia on various exchange programs, where she did comparative studies of law and interacted with fellow scholars from around the world. She has received numerous scholarships throughout her academic studies, including the David and Jayne Paterson Education Trust Scholar award at Oxford, and the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) government scholarship for her postgraduate studies.

Ms. Huang has served as a volunteer adviser at the CUPL Legal Aid Centre, providing legal assistance to the rural and urban poor, as well as educating lowly-educated workers on employment and construction contracts to prevent their exploitation by others. Her most recent employment was with Asia Pacific Investment Partners, where she worked closely with the managing partner on projects in Inner Mongolia, including the start-up of a cement factory.

Ms. Huang will be concentrating on US and Asian Business and Trade Law at NYU@NUS. She enjoys travelling to new places whenever she has the time.

Diego Germán Mejía-Lemos
Diego Germán Mejía-Lemos graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia School of Law as a lawyer in April 2006 and with a postgraduate specialization degree in administrative law in July 2006. He ranked second in both his undergraduate and graduate classes. He achieved the highest score in the final examinations for the degree of lawyer in 2006; furthermore, he won both first and second class honors scholarships on four occasions.

Mr. Mejía-Lemos served most recently as assistant professor of law at the Universidad de Bogotá “Jorge Tadeo Lozano,” where he taught Public and Private International Law, International Human Rights, and Law of Treaties. Concurrently, he acted as main researcher in two projects: the interpretation of double taxation treaties in Latin America and ad hoc arbitration. In addition, during his tenure as law professor, Mr. Mejía-Lemos acted as co-editor of a peer-reviewed editorial project. His interest in legal academia stems from his previous experience as a teaching assistant at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia for two-and-a-half years—an academic distinction awarded by his law school after a public merit-based competition.

Previously, he worked as legal consultant for an academic project coordinated by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in association with the ministries of Mines and Energy and of the Interior and Justice. As a practitioner, Mr. Mejía-Lemos has been involved in issues related to international arbitration, public law, and foreign investment. Previously, he was a law clerk at the Colombian Council of State, where he was in charge of drafting judicial opinions about conflicts of laws, administrative law, and corporate law, inter alia.

He will be concentrating on US and Asian Business and Trade Law at NYU, and on International and Comparative Law at NUS.

Fluent in Spanish, English, and French, Mr. Mejía-Lemos enjoys painting and literature, among other interests.

Ludwig Ureel
Ludwig Ureel, a Belgian citizen, graduated first in his class from the Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Argentina) in 2008. During his time as a student, he spent a year on exchange at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where he was an oralist on the KULeuven team at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He also was an intern at the Belgian National Competition Authority. On his return to Argentina, he became a teaching assistant of Public International Law at the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, focusing on State Responsibility and Regional Integration.

After graduating, Mr. Ureel was an intern at the WTO, where he was involved in the delivery and drafting of courses for government officials of developing countries. He is currently part of a team investigating the conclusion of FTAs by Member States of Regional Integration Agreements outside of their trading blocs. During his LLM studies, he will be focusing on International Trade Law, Human Rights Law and Investment Law. His professional interests also include EU Law and Competition Law.

Mr. Ureel is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, French and English. He enjoys playing the piano and reading Latin American literature from the 1960s and 1970s.

Wang Zhenyu
Wang Zhenyu, a Chinese citizen, got his LLB degree from Renmin University of China Law School in 2007 as the top student in his class. During university study, he was awarded the prestigious O'Melveny & Myers LLP legal scholarship.

He worked as a legal consultant at Paul Hastings LLP from May 2007 to December 2008. In his practice, he focused on corporate matters such as foreign direct investment and private equity while also substantially participating in China's recently developed anti-monopoly law practice.

He will be concentrating on US and Asian Business and Trade Law in pursuing his LLM at NYU Law, and Corporate and Financial Services Law in his LLM at National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

Mr. Wang is fluent in Chinese and English.

Lorraine Finlay
Lorraine Finlay graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science). Both degrees were awarded with First Class Honours. During her time at University she was a member of the moot team that finished second in the 2002 Philip C. Jessup International Mooting Competition and was judged the best individual oralist in the International Grand Final. She also undertook an internship with the Leadership Institute in Washington D.C as a recipient of the Patrick O’Brien Political Science Graduate Internship Award. After graduating she completed her Articles of Clerkship with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA) and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2004. Since then, she has worked at the High Court of Australia, both as the Legal Research Officer and as an Associate to The Honorable Justice J.D Heydon, has tutored at the Australian National University in constitutional law, criminal law and evidence law, and is currently employed as a State Prosecutor in Western Australia. Throughout this time she has continued to be actively involved in a variety of community organisations, being awarded a Centenary Medal and the WA Law Society Youth Community Service Award for her volunteer work.


Juliet M. Hanna
Juliet Hanna will be concentrating on Justice and Human Rights and International and Comparative Law during her LLM studies in Singapore.

Before starting the program, she was a Senior Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, where she practiced in the firm's Litigation Department, handling complex commercial litigation and nationwide class actions, with a focus on securities litigation, as well as SEC enforcement proceedings and white collar criminal matters. Her pro bono work focused on immigration and asylum law, involving refugees from Iraq, Haiti, Senegal, Russia and Mexico. She has also worked in the International Relations Division of the Commission des opérations de bourse (now merged into the Autorité des marchés financiers) in Paris.
She earned her law degree from Columbia University in New York City, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and European Law Fellow. She received a Parker School Certificate in International Law, and served as the first Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Before law school, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany, where her project was entitled "Immigration Law & the Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Republic of Germany." She obtained her undergraduate degree in linguistics and anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was admitted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Elena Rose
Elena Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors and a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in International Relations and French from the Australian National University in July 2005. She also holds an International Program Diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Paris). While studying for her undergraduate degree, Elena worked part-time with the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU, participated in the 2004 Australasian Debating Championships and took part in the 3rd Australia-Indonesia Young Leaders' Dialogue in Indonesia. Upon graduating, Elena moved to Washington D.C. to work with the Global Development Learning Network at the World Bank Institute.

A member of the inaugural NYU@NUS class, Elena is currently studying in Singapore to complete a dual Masters in Law at New York University (concentration in Justice and Human Rights) and at the National University of Singapore (concentration in International Comparative Law). She hopes to begin taking Mandarin classes shortly, and to complete her NUS LLM in Shanghai at the East China University of Politics and Law.

Tatiana Anpilogova
Tatiana Anpilogova will be concentrating on US and Asian Business and Trade Law during her LLM studies. She obtained her Diploma in Law from the National Industrial University of Moscow with high marks. She continued her legal education at the University of Cologne where she pursued basic studies in law and, after completion of her thesis, obtained a Magister Legum degree magna cum laude. She worked as an academic legal assistant while studying in Cologne and also completed her legal training in Germany, Singapore and Belgium. In Brussels she worked in the areas of EU competition and anti-trust law. Prior to joining the LLM programme she also gained extensive experience in the fields of corporate and commercial law and cross-border M&A in Moscow. Her professional interests include EU law, competition and anti-trust law, M&A, financial services and international trade law, with particular interest in emerging economies and Asia. She likes foreign languages and photography and enjoys literature and travelling.

Ying Chen
Ying Chen worked most recently as Third Secretary (Section Chief) with the WTO Department of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. In this capacity, she participated in China’s first Trade Policy Review of WTO and contributed as a main drafter of China’s first Government Statement of Trade Policy. She also participated the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiation and other high-level bilateral discussions with the US and EU trade organizations.

In her years working in the WTO Department, she prepared, presented and defended China’s responses to trade reviews and negotiations. She is very familiar with China’s trade policy regime and gained extensive experience negotiating within the international trade framework. She won the Outstanding Employee of the Year Award from Ministry of Commerce in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, the Division she worked in was honored with the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Ministry for the excellent work done in the project, First Trade Policy Review of China.

She graduated from Tsinghua Law School, China in 2003. She was president of her class. Prior to attending Tsinghua, she graduated with honors from the Beijing Foreign Studies University with a concentration in English. In 2003 she worked for Bexel consulting company as an intern and prepared for a foreign governmental organization’s strategy entry plan into the Chinese market.

She enjoys discovering new experiences, scuba diving, and spending time with her two year old son Alexander.

Fernando Eyzaguirre
Fernando Eyzaguirre, Chilean citizen, received his law Degree in 2005 from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He graduated with two votes of distinction, and was ranked within the top five of his class. He was admitted as a lawyer by the Chilean Supreme Court that same year.

While attending law school, he actively participated in social activities, providing assistance to poor families in the south of Chile. He also completed the 6-months pro-bono mandatory internship, finalizing his work with distinction.

He started his legal career as a law clerk in a Chilean mid-size law firm dealing mainly with Corporate Law. Subsequently he joined Citigroup as member of the Corporate & Investment Bank's Legal Department for two years, based in Santiago, Chile, focusing in capital markets and banking regulations.

During his LLM studies he is specializing in US and Asian Business and Trade Law. His professional interests are securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, international financial and commercial transactions. Among his publications is "The Issue of "Inflated" Orders in Chilean IPOs" (Latin Lawyer Magazine, December 2007). Recently he has been awarded a scholarship by Conicyt (an agency of the Chilean government supporting graduate studies abroad).

He is married with one child and enjoys jogging, traveling and reading about international politics and economics.

Oliver Friedmann
Oliver Friedmann obtained his Swiss Licence Degree in Law from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 2004. He graduated with a magna cum laude distinction as well as with special mentions for bilingual (German/French) studies and a specialization in European Union Law. In addition, he spent two semesters as an Erasmus-Socrates exchange student at the University of Durham (England). After his return to Switzerland, he co-founded the local section of an international student organization created to support and develop international student exchange.

During his studies he worked as an intern in the compliance departments of a major international bank in Geneva and London. After graduation, he started to work as a junior associate in the transaction and litigation departments of one of Switzerland’s largest business law firms. After being admitted to the bar in 2007, he continued to work as an associate attorney at the same law firm concentrating mainly on complex international arbitration and litigation matters as well as on insolvency law. In particular, he participated in advising and representing several national and foreign creditor banks in one of Switzerland’s most important insolvency cases.

In the NYU@NUS Dual Degree LLM, he will focus his studies on corporate and financial services law. Especially, he will explore the differences between the financial supervisory systems in Singapore and Switzerland.

Sricharan Rangarajan
Sricharan Rangarajan completed his "Bachelor of Commerce" (B.Com with a "first class"), in 2001 from Vivekananda College, Chennai, India. He went on to do his Masters in Commerce (M.Com) from the University of Madras, India and completed the same with a "first class", in 2003. Afterwards he pursued his "Bachelor of Laws" LLB from ILS Law College Pune, India in 2006 with a "First Class." He passed with a First rank and was also awarded for his performance in individual subjects.

Along with his LLB, he pursued the Company Secretaries course-ACS, (Corporate Law Professional course) from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and completed the 'Foundation', 'Intermediate' and one group of 'Final' stages.

Before arriving in Singapore, Mr. Rangarajan was practicing in the High Court of Madras as a Junior Associate, under "Arvindh Pandian & Hari Shankar Mani", Advocates and enrolled with the Tamilnadu Bar State Bar Council, India.

His area of practice was primarily "Mergers and Acquisitions" and "Arbitration." He plans to return to work on these fields in the US and Asian markets, after the NYU@NUS program to get a global insight into these practice areas. He also plans to teach someday on a part-time basis.

Mr. Rangarajan conducted interactive seminars on the importance of "Moot Courts," for the students of the 'Institute of Company Secretaries of India' in September '06, October '06, and March '07

He actively participated in Moot Courts during Law school and was the winner of the All-India Corporate Law Moot Court Competition and was also declared the "Best Student Advocate" of the Competition in 2005.

He was part of the ILS Law College Volleyball team which won a National level competition in March, 2006.

Mr. Rangarajan has a passion for acting and was involved in many a theatrical activities including a full length feature film.

Jordan Zed
Jordan Zed graduated in 2005 from Osgoode Hall Law School's International Comparative and Transnational Law program in Toronto, Canada earning a prestigious Dean’s Gold Key Award. While in law school, he led one of the largest delegations of students to the Canadian Council on International Law Conference in Ottawa as President of the Osgoode International Law Society. Jordan was also a student leader for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' Ontario Working Group on Detention. Upon graduation, he co-founded and acted as the external advising director of a new initiative called the International Legal Partnership (ILP), which provides legal and regulatory assistance to developing countries around the world. Simultaneously, he completed his articles at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in downtown Toronto with a special focus in international trade law. In 2006, he was selected, as part of the Canadian Bar Association's Young Professionals International program, to work in South Africa's largest public interest law firm, the Legal Resources Centre, with the director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit and one of Nelson Mandela's most prominent advocates, George Bizos. This year, in the NYU@NUS dual LLM program in Singapore, Jordan will explore the potential reconciliation of Canada-China trade relations with international human rights norms.