November 2, 2012
Maybe, You Are an International Lawyer?
~ written by Christina Hultsch
You would never consider yourself an international lawyer? Globalization and foreign cultures play no role in your daily practice? Well, that could change in a heartbeat and here are just a few examples:
You represent a small start-up company that suddenly asks questions about expansion – from “What about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” to “We have heard terrible things about the UK Bribery Act” and “Forming a company is the same worldwide, is it not?”
Your client’s hotel construction project looks promising, but financing is still difficult to obtain – “We’ve heard about this new investor visa, EB-5, can’t we bring in Chinese money that way?”
And cloud computing, it’s sounds so exciting, but – “Do we need to worry about the EU privacy regulation?”
Your discovery requests to opposing counsel are met with citations of the Hague Convention and - "Our client would love to comply, but, unfortunately, the French blocking statute prevents us from doing so or we will risk criminal prosecution."
The possibilities are endless and if these examples left you worried, excited, curious or if you simply need a lunch date for the first Monday of the month, please consider joining the Columbus Bar International Law Committee or attending our meetings, and you will find that our upcoming presentations on the EB-5 investor visa (November 5) and the UK Bribery Act (on December 3) – in true international fashion, our speaker will come to us via Skype from the London office of CM Murray) will provide answers to at least some of the questions raised above.