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Management Team - International Committee

Mackrell International’s Management Team works like any other board or committee running a global professional services operation. The team works to ensure best practice in all key areas and to deliver client coverage across the world in EMEA, The Americas and Asia-Pacific. The Management Team meets regularly at the network's regional events, AGM and online to ensure members’ needs are met, to set and deliver strategy and to champion new initiatives, from our Next Generation Leaders to our growing Practice Groups. You are welcome to contact any member directly.

Keith Heddle, Managing Director

Headshot of Keith Heddle As he describes it on the homepage, Keith thinks he has the best job in the world – connector and facilitator of a close-knit and ever-growing ‘family’ of high-calibre lawyers across the world and leader of a powerful and committed team. He lives and breathes the network and loves the strong support members provide for one another, constantly going above and beyond for each other and each other’s clients. With one eye on the future, Keith is devoted to deepening and broadening the Mackrell International ecosystem, to provide greater relevance and stronger bonds, so the network and its clients can flourish whilst weathering any storm that comes our way.

David Ettinger - Chair

Headshot of David Ettinger David served as an Americas IC Representative, then Deputy Chair for a period of eight years and now carries out the role of Chair. Working closely with the Managing Director, David provides leadership and responsibility for the team's composition, development, duties and performance. He is the Chief Representative of Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai office. Keller and Heckman’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been a Mackrell International member for over 16 years. The Chair is elected by MI members for a three year term.

Sev Carlson - Deputy Chair

Headshot of Sev Carlson As Deputy Chair Sev Carlson supports the Chair and the Management Team in ensuring that Mackrell International delivers on its promises to clients and members. A native of Nevada, Sev is a partner at firm Kaempfer Crowell and focuses his practice on administrative law, regulatory matters, government affairs and related litigation. His expertise in the one of the newest practice areas, Cannabis, has assisted members as the law develops in other regions.


John Scheef – Americas IC Representative and Business Development, US

Headshot of John Scheef With 23 firms in 35 states with 75 offices and just over 3000 attorneys, Mackrell International has one of the strongest global legal networks in the US. John, litigator and construction partner at Texas firm Scheef & Stone, is head of the network’s business development group for the US. On the Management Team he represents the interests of all the US firms with a priority brief to promote the network’s US credentials to clients, contacts and potential new members.

Howard Manis – Americas IC Representative

Headshot of Howard Manis Howard F. Manis has been practicing bankruptcy and insolvency law (creditors’ and debtors’ rights) and commercial litigation since his call to the Bar in 1993 and is based in Toronto, Canada. As one of our Americas IC Representatives Howard is responsible for keeping the Americas members updated on network affairs and emerging markets ensuring their views on the development of the network are voiced at IC Meetings.

Francisco Roggero – South Americas IC Representative

Headshot of Francisco Roggero Francisco represents the interests of Mackrell International's powerful South American member contingent in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru and Venezuela and is working closely with the Managing Director to expand the Mackrell International footprint in this region. ZBV takes a strong stance in its commitment to pro bono, through non-profit organisations, supporting clients’ corporate social responsibility initiatives and active participation in the Buenos Aires Bar Association pro bono and public interest committee, the R Cyrus Vance Center of the City of New York and the Trustlaw Thomson Reuters Foundation. Francisco specialises in restructuring, insolvency and distressed M&A.

Asia Pacific

C Muralidhara - Asia Pacific IC Representative and Asian Growth

Headshot of Murali Murali is the Managing Partner of Murali & Co, one of our three member firms from India, representing the city of Bangalore. With client demand increasingly focussed on Asia Murali is well placed to bring together the member firms and represent the interests of such a widespread region.

Edward Ploysongsang - Asia Pacific IC Representative

Headshot of Edward Ploysongsang Ed is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. He is the Managing partner of our Thai Member Firm and focuses his practice on ADR, corporate, commercial, compliance, labor and IT matters. He works closely with our APAC Regional Business Development Coordinator to promote the APAC firms, to develop this increasingly expanding region and to support the many multinationals that are based in this region.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Daniel Wendland - EMEA IC Representative and Treasurer

Headshot of Daniel Wendland Daniel holds the official post of Treasurer so as well as representing the EMEA Members on all issues within Mackrell International he also ensures that all of our member's financial interests within Mackrell International are fully represented on the Management Team. At his firm SES Berlin, Daniel specialises in Real Estate Transactions.

Nichola Reece-Burton - EMEA IC Representative

Headshot of Nichola Reece-Burton Whilst representing the EMEA firms on the IC Nichola, based in Dubai, UAE, is also able to bring knowledge of the Middle East to the IC deliberations. Nichola is a Senior Legal Consultant and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Real Property at James Berry & Associates having previously worked in the banking sector and as a company secretary.

Shawn van Heerden – Africa IC Representative and Africa Growth

Headshot of Shawn van Heerden Shawn is the Management Team member for Africa and represents the interests of the network’s members in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and his own firm in South Africa, of which he is the Managing Director. Africa has been identified as a priority area for the network’s growth and Shawn is also responsible for identifying and presenting potential new members.

Keith Provins – Secretary

Headshot of Keith Provins Based at Mackrell.Solicitors in London Keith holds the role of Secretary ensuring that all policies and procedures within the Articles of Association are adhered to.