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This directory focuses on law firms with a significant international practice for trade and investment issues, although we may highlight other relevant specialties such as intellectual property, corporate structuring, and M&A or IPA work.   We specialize in personal, independent introductions to relevant professional service providers according to the project interests of the executives we serve. 

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Organization Name, Description


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Suggested Contact

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Hieros Gamos  - legal research center, global listing of law firms    
Lex Mundi  - global association of law firms    
Pacific Rim Advisory Council - regional association of law firms    
TerraLex, Inc. - international network of independent law firms    
TAGLaw - network of law firms in over 70 countries    
Chambers USA - "America's leading business lawyers"    
Juris International - reference sources for international law, and also provides lists of business lawyer associations worldwide    
International Tax Review - Legal Media Group - Euromoney    
International Financial Law Review - Legal Media Group - Euromoney Institutional Investor plc - publishes country directories and descriptions of law firms    
Managing Intellectual Property - Legal Media Group - Euromoney    
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) - lobbying for tort reform, changes to civil liability.  For example, refer to Illinois business climate.    
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)    
Firms with specialists for international investment and trade issues      
Allen & Overy    
Allens Arthur Robinson  (Australia and Asia Pacific region)    
Baker & Daniels LLP - based in Indiana, with offices in China - Beijing, Qingdao    
Baker & McKenzie    
Bingham McCutchen    
Blake Dawson Waldron  (Australia and Asia Pacific region)    
Bryan Cave    
Butzel Long  (note auto industry experience, Detroit)    
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton    
Clifford Chance    
CMS Transnational Legal Services

and CMS Cameron McKenna

Coudert Brothers LLP    
Covington & Burling    
Cravath, Swaine & Moore    
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP    
Davis Polk & Wardwell      
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP    
Debevoise & Plimpton    
Denton Wilde Sapte (UK)      
Dewey Ballantine LLP International Trade Law Group    
Freehills   (Australia and southeast Asia)    
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK) - offices in 18 countries, over 2400 lawyers    
Fried, Frank, Shriver, Harris & Jacobson    
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP    
Gilbert & Tobin  (Australia and Asia Pacific, IT telecoms and media focus)

with Arculli and Associates (Hong Kong)

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel    
Greenberg Traurig    
Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP - (note FTZ and customs)   212-557-4000
Hale and Dorr LLP - see Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP    
Haynes and Boone   Honors, rankings    
Hogan & Hartson LLP - Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Colorado and California offices    
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP    
Hunton & Williams    
Jones Day    
Kaye Scholer LLP    
Keller and Heckman LLP    
Kelley Drye    (note US location selection / incentives work)    
Kilpatrick Stockton    
King & Spalding LLP    
Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago)      
Latham & Watkins    
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP    
Lovells (UK)      
Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP    
Mallesons Stephen Jacques   (Australia and Asia Pacific region)    
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw  (note Global Trade Practice, and MBP Consulting in China)    
McGuireWoods LLP    
McKee Nelson LLP (has an alliance with Ernst & Young LLP)    
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP    
Miller & Chevalier (Washington DC - note practice area related to international corruption)    
Miller & Co. PC - Kansas City MO, New York and Washington DC - specialized in international trade, customs and Foreign Trade Zone law    
Morgan Lewis & Bockius    
Morrison & Foerster LLP    
NautaDutilh  (Netherlands and Belgium offices, with experience in foreign investment and corporate real estate mainly in these countries)    
Norton Rose    
O'Melveny & Myers LLP    
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison      
Pillsbury Winthrop LLP    
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Advisory Services - Washington DC and offices in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Ottawa, Buenos Aires    
Shearman & Sterling    
Simmons & Simmons (UK)      
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett    
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates    
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (note practice for formation of business entities, including foreign direct investment projects in China and eastern Europe, as well as their corporate real estate practice)    
Steel Hector & Davis LLP (note South American presence)    
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP    

Thelen Reid and Priest LLP

and related site for construction industry issues as a specialty

Tomlinson Zisko Morosoli & Maser LLP   (note Silicon Valley startup work, intellectual property)    
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz   (note corporate M&A and real estate practice)    
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP   (note European real estate practice, including eastern Europe; also Asia)    
White & Case   (note European Union practice in Brussels, including work related to state aid)    
Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP   (note international trade services in Washington DC)    
Willkie Farr & Gallagher    (note international trade practice)     
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP - formed by May 2004 merger, now over 1000 lawyers in five countries    
WSGR - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  (note Silicon Valley practice, and cooperation with companies in Japan, China, and Taiwan, including the Deloitte & Touche Japanese practice in San Jose CA).    
Womble, Carlyle Sandridge & Rice - Washington DC, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Research Triangle Park, Atlanta, Greenville SC Mark Whitley 336-721-3587
Intellectual Property specialists

such as for biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceutical, or other technology businesses

Website Suggested Contact Phone
Exhibitors at Bio 2004 event      
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunnier, LLP - 300 lawyers specialized in intellectual property law; offices in Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Cambridge MA, Palo Alto CA, Reston VA, Brussels, Taipei, Tokyo

Jean Fordis

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Practice Group Chair

Morrison & Foerster LLP - patent and IP, venture financing, partnering, M&A, public offerings, technology transfers, tax strategies, litigation; offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and various US cities John Campbell 415-268-7000
Covington & Burling; over 500 lawyers, offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, London, Brussels; specialists in international life sciences

James C. Snipes, Partner

Chair for Business Development

Life Sciences Group

Directory list remains under development; suggestions welcome      
Corporate structuring, venture finance, and public offerings Website Suggested Contact Phone
Director list remains under development; suggestions welcome      
Mergers & Acquisitions, business alliances Website Suggested Contact Phone
Directory list remains under development; suggestions welcome      
Tax strategies (see also corporate tax planning and compliance firms) Website Suggested Contact Phone
Directory list remains under development; suggestions welcome      

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