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Professionals

Attorneys - Ahsen S. Janjua, Esq.

Brandon Reed

Professional/Civic Activities
New Jersey State Bar Association

Court Admissions
District Court of New Jersey
District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Education
J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law
B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
ahsen@ssjlawgroup.com

Partner

Ahsen’s practice focuses on wealth planning as well as corporate and commercial matters.

Ahsen works closely with individuals and high net worth family offices to tailor wealth planning. His knowledge of estate tax considerations at both the state and federal levels allows him to anticipate and proactively incorporate tax savings provisions for his clients while keeping in mind their personal and financial aspirations. Ahsen’s work in this regard has included the establishment of various wills and trusts and representing institutions organizing endowments and private foundations. As a trusted advisor to his corporate clients, Ahsen also designs comprehensive succession planning strategies to protect economic interests and maintain operational excellence during transition.

Ahsen also regularly represents owners and investors with business transactions. His corporate work includes preparing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements and joint ventures. On the commercial side, he regularly represents businesses with supply, distribution, services, and other vendor contracts in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceutical, education, and consumer services.

Prior to founding SSJ Law Group, Ahsen worked as a research scientist in the bio-pharmaceutical industry for nearly ten years. His innovative research in the development of novel protein therapeutics in areas of serious, unmet medical needs led to national industry recognition and multiple publications.

Ahsen received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania and admitted to the District Court of New Jersey and District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Notable examples of Ahsen’s work:

Wealth Planning
Structured succession and estate plan for owners of a multinational privately-held business.
Designed numerous comprehensive estate plans for high net worth families, ranging in net worth from $10 - $50 million with planned growth of over $100 million.
Represented several local and national nonprofit organizations in establishing endowments and creating planned giving initiatives.

Corporate and Commercial
Served as corporate counsel throughout clients’ complete life-cycle from start-up to acquisition by a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded company, including formation, capital raises, licensing agreements and services contracts, employment agreements, and sale.
Represented foreign company in its acquisition of multi-million dollar U.S. business.
Represented physicians in the sale of medical practice and procedure center, and dentists acquisition and set up of multi-state dental practices, including structuring practice management entities as wealth planning mechanism.

Attorneys - Romana Kaleem

Brandon Reed

Professional/Civic Activities
New Jersey State Bar Association

Court Admissions
District Court of New Jersey

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
Massachusetts
Connecticut

Education
J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law (magna cum laude), 2005
B.A. University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude), 2000

Publications
Communication is Key after a Security Breach, Providence Business News, Oct. 9-15, 2006.
Towards the Recognition of a Parental Right of Companionship in Adult Children Under the Fourteenth Amendment Substantive Due Process Clause, 35 Seton Hall L. Rev., 1121-53 (2005).

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
romana@ssjlawgroup.com

Partner

Romana brings a wealth of experience, having practiced law for nearly 12 years beginning at prominent national law firms. She focuses on corporate and business matters, with an expertise in private investment offerings and the interaction of securities laws with corporate business dealings.

Romana’s corporate practice includes advising start-up companies as well as established businesses on questions of entity selection, corporate governance, drafting and negotiating business agreements, mergers and acquisitions as well as other corporate and commercial arrangements. Her work includes the preparation and negotiation of equity and asset purchases as well as operating and partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, corporate bylaws and other business documentation.

In her securities practice, Romana represents both investors as well as issuers and has provided counsel on capital raises and angel, venture capital and other exempt offerings. She regularly advises companies on a range of securities offerings including private placements with and without general solicitation, convertible note issuances, crowdfunding, and Regulation A and Regulation A+ issuances.

Romana has also represented government agencies and underwriters with complex finance transactions for nonprofit entities, such as hospitals and schools. Furthermore, she has provided counsel to numerous physicians on their employment agreements with hospitals and private practices.

Romana received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Notable examples of Romana’s work:

Counseled nutraceuticals client on Series A financing including negotiating and reviewing customary agreements and completing federal and Blue sky securities filings.
Drafted and negotiated employment agreements, services contracts, equity option agreements, phantom equity issuances, and employee manuals for various clients.
Acted as general counsel and corporate secretary to numerous businesses and advised on day-to-day matters such as preparing corporate resolutions, maintaining corporate formalities and dealing with employee issues.
Advised client on $150 million offshore fund set-up with particular attention to U.S. securities laws and ramifications.
Structured $5,000,000 private securities offering, drafted private placement memorandum, investor suitability questionnaire, subscription agreement, and operating agreements, and made state and federal securities filings.
Structured two private securities offerings each in the amount of $10,000,000 in the area of real estate investment, drafted all offering documents and advised issuers with respect to solicitation of investors.
Organized and led a quarterly pro bono legal clinic serving indigent clients with aid from other local attorneys.

Attorneys - Sami A. Shaban

Brandon Reed

Professional/Civic Activities
New Jersey State Bar Association

Court Admissions
District Court of New Jersey

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
New York

Education
J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law (cum laude)
B.A. Rutgers University

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
sami@ssjlawgroup.com

Partner

For nearly ten years, Sami has counseled businesses and nonprofit institutions on corporate, commercial, franchise law, and business immigration.

Sami advises clients in a wide-range of corporate and commercial matters, often serving as outside general counsel. His corporate practice has included advising on governance and capital structure asset acquisitions and dispositions, shareholder and partnership agreements, dissolution and wind-ups, and disputes among owners. His commercial practice has included the review and negotiations of supply and distribution agreements, a myriad of statements of work and vendor contracts, and employment and independent contractor arrangements.

Sami has represented both franchisors and franchisees with the preparation and review of franchise disclosure documents (FDD), franchise agreements (FA), operations manuals, and confidentiality and non-competition agreements. His work in this area extends to the array of licensing and development as well as regulatory and compliance issues that often arise.

In the field of business immigration, Sami counsels corporations and individuals on a wide-range of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant matters including professionals, managers and executives, and immigrant investors.

Prior to founding SSJ Law Group, Sami spent over 10 years in management consulting providing direct counsel to the CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. His unique combination of business and legal experience enables him to offer commercially sound legal advice. Sami also serves in a number of leadership positions in various non-profit institutions.

Sami earned his B.A. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Notable examples of Sami’s work:

Advised corporate clients and management on various transactional matters, asset and equity sales and dispositions, equity redemptions, buy/sell arrangements, tax concerns, and employment issues.
Served as outside general counsel to a U.N-established non-governmental organization (“NGO”) with diverse matters such as negotiation of partnership agreements and memoranda of understanding with domestic and international partner NGOs, governance analyses, and third-party fundraising arrangements.
Counseled several foreign companies in various industries on formation of U.S. subsidiaries and related legal issues, including employment, taxation, contractual, commercial leasing, and corporate immigration through EB5, E2, and L1A visa protocols of skilled employees, senior managers, and business owners.
Represented multi-unit franchisees, including multiple internationally recognized brands and local brands, with franchise agreements negotiations, corporate infrastructure structures, operating and shareholder agreements, employment contracts, franchisor/franchisee disputes, lease negotiations, and vendor contracts.
Designed franchise infrastructure for multi-million-dollar travel company, including the drafting of the franchise disclosure document (FDD), franchise agreement (FA), and operations manual (OM).
Counseled multiple large-scale nonprofit organizations and endowments, including successfully approved IRS 1023 applications, governance policies, instruments and concerns, asset acquisition and protection strategies, and operational liability mitigation.

Attorneys - Mohamed H. Shiliwala

Brandon Reed

Professional/Civic Activities
New Jersey State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Court Admissions
District Court of New Jersey

Bar Admissions
New Jersey
New York

Education
J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law
B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Publications
A Conflict of Interest: Islamic Home Financing in America, Economic Affairs, Vol. 29, Issue 2 (June 2009).

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
mohamed@ssjlawgroup.com

Partner

Mohamed’s practice focuses on real estate, business transactions, and intellectual property. He brings significant experience from his work as an attorney at a global law firm where he represented Fortune 500 clientele.

In his real estate practice, Mohamed’s experience includes real estate finance, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and leasing transactions. His clients include real estate investors, sellers and buyers as well as financial institutions in standard and complex financing transactions. Additionally, Mohamed assists on the real estate aspects of various corporate mergers and acquisitions. His work also includes the structuring of investment vehicles for real estate funds.

In his corporate practice, Mohamed advises clients from formation considerations, through operational matters, to exit. He also represents businesses in the raise of capital, often advising his clients on how to navigate through complex tax, legal, and business challenges. His breadth of work encompasses drafting and negotiating equity purchase agreements, power purchase contracts, joint venture agreements, exclusive supplier/distributor arrangements, employment agreements, and contracts for trademark/copyright licensing.

With respect to advising global fund clients, Mohamed has experience with sophisticated transactions involving international arbitration clauses, governance issues of foreign offshore entities, and the purchase and sale of foreign oil companies. He has developed key “Know Your Client” Foreign Corrupt Practices Act protocols. Additionally, Mohamed has advised clients with offshore formation in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Mohamed earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Seton Hall University. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Notable examples of Mohamed’s work:

Real Estate
Represented a prominent New Jersey real estate fund manager in connection with all facets of its property-related investment matters, including fund structure, joint venture agreements, and alternative financing mechanisms.
Represented commercial real estate investor in sale and purchase of New York properties via multi-million dollar 1031 exchanges.

Corporate Counsel
Negotiated multi-million-dollar large scale renewable energy agreements with large municipal public gas and electric provider.
Advised global travel company as to its portfolio of intellectual property, including copyrights and hundreds of trademarks.
Regularly counseled companies on range of securities offerings including private placements with and without general solicitation, crowdfunding, and Regulation A and Regulation A+ issuances.
Acted as general counsel to numerous businesses in the healthcare, travel, nutraceutical, and financial industries, advising on day-to-day matters such as mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and litigation management.

STAFF - Cassandra Hill

Brandon Reed

Education
B.A. Rutgers University (cum laude)

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
cassandra.hill@ssjlawgroup.com

Paralegal

Cassandra joined SSJ Law Group as their Legal Secretary in 2015. As a licensed NJ real estate agent, Cassandra has knowledge and understanding of the residential real estate market, with specific experience in Monmouth County. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. In her spare time, Cassandra coaches the color guard at Rutgers University, is a certified substitute teacher in a local school district, and volunteers with her high school color guard program during football season.

STAFF - Jessica Guarracino

Brandon Reed

Education
B.A. Rutgers University (magna cum laude)

Phone
732-377-2074

Fax
732-289-6159

Email
jessica.guarracino@ssjlawgroup.com

Legal Assistant

Jessica is a Legal Assistant at SSJ Law Group. Jessica graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice and plans to attend law school in 2016. In her spare time, Jessica wants to help save the world. She enjoys volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and running marathons with Team in Training.