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International Experience

International Experience

Our lawyers represent clients nationally and internationally, working closely with firms outside of the United States on a regular basis either to assist a foreign client in the United States or serve an American client in foreign jurisdictions.  Across the globe, Olshan provides comprehensive, practical and client-oriented solutions and delivers expertise in advertising law, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, corporate and securities law, intellectual property law, litigation, real estate, tax and other business-related practices.  We help clients resolve their most complex legal challenges regardless of location or size.  Indeed, we have assisted companies of all sizes, and the matters we have handled vary in size from large projects for multinational corporations to small private ventures.

Olshan has an established network of correspondent law firms and is the New York member of Globalaw™ a network of over 100 independent law firms located in more than 85 countries and 165 cities.  Additionally, firm attorneys have and continue to maintain existing, long-term relationships with attorneys and firms overseas on various intellectual property, corporate and other legal issues requiring transnational attention.

Olshan’s attorneys are nationally and internationally recognized by client and peer-reviewed rating groups such as Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers and Legal 500 U.S., global leading legal directories that publish annual rankings based on interviews with thousands of clients and peers.  We embrace a diverse work environment, and our attorneys are multicultural with attorneys on staff who are fluent in Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, Hebrew, Albanian, Bambara, Polish,  Arabic, Farsi, Afrikaans and Portuguese among other languages.

We have maintained a global practice for decades and, over time, have developed a sophisticated global network of foreign counsel, investigators, finance and real estate sources with whom we often enjoy deep, long-term relationships, with special emphasis on Europe (including Eastern Europe), Canada, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  Our international clients come to us from numerous countries worldwide and span many industries including for example one of the world's largest international publishing firms, a leading French advertising agency, major French insurance companies, one of the largest fruit importers in Canada, a French pharmaceutical manufacturer, various German automotive parts and equipment suppliers, and various publicly traded Japanese companies.

The firm has substantial experience litigating international disputes given New York's central role in international commerce.  Businesses often choose New York law to govern their contracts and, for significant contracts ($250,000 or more), can choose New York courts as the forum even if the parties are not based here.  In addition, the firm  appears before the International Centre of Dispute Resolution (ICDR) on behalf of domestic and international clients.

The following are representative international matters that our attorneys have handled:

  • Acting as outside general several public companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges but headquartered overseas.
  • Advised in first ever proxy contest in the Netherlands Antilles and through proxy contests successfully obtained representation on the boards of directors of Japanese and South Korean public companies.
  • Represented a developer in joint venture for development and financing of the Hilton Hotel in Erbil, the political and business capital of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.
  • Served as U.S. counsel to Pentalum Technologies, Inc., an Israeli wind power company, in connection with its venture capital equity financing by US and Israeli institutional investors.
  • Negotiated intellectual property assignments, licenses, coexistence and various other commercial agreements and managed international trademark litigation and multi-country conflicts around the globe.
  • Represented an international advertising agency holding company and its agencies to technology companies to major pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies in web development, design and hosting agreements; software license agreements; application service provider agreements; software development agreements; and channel partner agreements.
  • Represented various closely held Japanese businesses in their efforts to form U.S. subsidiaries and start doing business in the U.S.
  • Represented two publicly traded Japanese companies in bankruptcy litigation involving the U.S. rights to a well-known anime character.
  • Represented an English software company in its business divorce from its U.S. distributor.
  • Represented a privately held international chemicals company in arbitration before the Centre for International Arbitration in a dispute with an Indian supplier about its exclusive distribution agreement.
  • Represented the U.S. governing body for the sport of polo against a well-known fashion company in an arbitration venued in India pertaining to its Indian licensee and managed litigation in Mexico, Singapore and France.
  • Overseen various data collections in Japan, France and England for litigation matters.
  • Conducted due diligence investigation of a U.S. subsidiary of a French company in connection with a French private equity firm’s investment in the French parent company.
  • Routinely represent marketers and advertising agencies in connection with the clearance of international advertising campaigns, sweepstakes, contest and other promotions.  
  • Routinely represent a wide variety of online businesses with respect to developing international online privacy policies and terms of use.
  • Represented a large Chinese telecom company before ICDR in connection with a dispute involving telecom supply equipment arising in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Represented the appointed foreign representative of an Australian pharmaceutical company in its chapter 15 insolvency case in the United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York and thereafter in the successful dismissal of a class action lawsuit for violations of U.S. securities laws.
  • Represented U.S. real estate owners and developers with respect to investments made by sovereign wealth funds and other foreign investors in U.S. assets.