There is no better way to illustrate the international dimension of Globalaw than to recount examples of cases on which Globalaw firms have assisted their clients abroad.
You will find examples of member firms not just providing legal solutions for their clients internationally, but importantly identifying business opportunities.
These are just some of the hundreds of cases that Globalaw firms have worked on together.
GENERAL LEGAL ADVICE
The Power of Globalaw: 10 firms respond to legal inquiry from Japan
Recently, a Chuo Sogo client, a large multi-national Japanese corporation, called with a narrowly-defined question of labour law affecting a proposed global reorganisation of its subsidiaries in the following 10 jurisdictions: California, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Korea, Switzerland, Texas and the United Kingdom. The firm sent a request to 10 Globalaw member firms in the respective jurisdictions on 29 January and collected all 10 responses by 1 February: three days, all told.
While the question posed was narrowly-drawn, the replies the firm received were meticulously researched, often alerting the client of additional legal issues specific to a given jurisdiction. Needless to say, the client memorandum demonstrated to the client (and re-confirmed to the firm) the unique efficiency and reliability of our network. Last but not least, no firm requested payment for the assistance – all work was completed under the Free Time Policy.
Combat Against Money Laundering
When Oldham, Li & Nie ("OLN”), the Hong Kong member of Globalaw, successfully obtained an assets preservation order from Hong Kong court against a fraud perpetrator, they needed global assistance to trace the funds that had been wired from bank accounts in Hong Kong to other jurisdictions.
With the assistance of the Globalaw members in Taiwan, Shay & Partners, and Singapore, Kelvin Chia Partnership, OLN could promptly advise the client on the enforcement of the Hong Kong judgment and court order in other jurisdictions, and report the money-laundering activities to the local authorities.
The clients of OLN were eventually able to obtain partial recovery of their monies lost in the fraudulent scheme.
Recovering Judgements Overseas
When Davenport Lyons the English member firm obtained judgement in a number of cases against Cypriot nationals, it turned to Cyprus member, Pelaghias, Christodoulou Vrachas & Co, to obtain enforcement orders against them to recover the judgments obtained in London, which it did.
The relationship between Globalaw firms can result in very quick action for a client. A firm in Hong Kong received papers Friday afternoon relating to a new action to be filed in New York on the following Monday. Oldham, Li & Nie ("OLN”) quickly liaised with Garvey Schubert Barer ("GSB”) and, working urgently by Monday, the client was represented in court in the U.S. and ultimately the case was dismissed.
The ongoing relationship between OLN & GSB, built via the Globalaw platform, enables them to provide effective services to their client and achieve ultimate success. The working relationship between OLN & GSB continues. OLN & GSB are now acting together for one client in her multi-jurisdictional litigation in Hong Kong and New York respectively.
Oldham, Li & Nie ("OLN”), Globalaw member in Hong Kong, received an enquiry from a client regarding a good sold and delivered claim in Macedonia.
Without any Globalaw member in Macedonia, OLN immediately sent an email to all European members of Globalaw seeking their assistance.
Within one week, OLN received 7 recommendations of Macedonian lawyers from Globalaw European members, including Ilieva Voutcheva & Co. from Bulgaria, VMW Taxand, Vgenopoulos & Partners from Greece, to name a few. After contacting all of the recommendations, OLN engaged one of those Macedonian lawyers for their client.
Breach of Contract and Fraud in Japan
After a ten week jury trial, United States District Judge Edward C. Prado of the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, on February 9, 1998, entered a take nothing judgment in a case filed by San Antonio based Kaepa, Inc. against Tokyo based Achilles Corporation, a Japanese corporation which is a leading manufacturer and distributor of shows in Japan, and a maker of many industrial products. Achilles was represented by Jackson Walker at the request of our Japanese Globalaw member Chuo Sogo Law Office.
A client of Texas member Jackson Walker was engaged in litigation in the US, and needed to obtain documents and other information held by two Taiwan companies. Jackson Walker turned to Taiwan member Shay & Partners to assist in obtaining discovery against the Taiwan companies by way of letters rogatory issued by the US court requesting international judicial assistance. With Shay & Partners' help, the letters rogatory were prepared and transmitted through the proper diplomatic channels to the Taiwan district courts with jurisdiction over the target companies.
Mexican Labour Judgement Overturned
A client of Texas member firm Jackson Walker has operations in Mexico. Weekly payroll to Mexico on Friday is seized to satisfy a Mexican labour judgment of which the U.S. client was unaware. Jackson Walker contacts the Mexican Globalaw member for assistance. They are able to make alternative arrangements for payroll in Mexico within 24 hours, return the seized funds and reverse the judgment.
Cross-Border Business Development
When a client of Henry Davis York (Sydney) needed to establish a presence in the United States for the purpose of forming a consortium to bid for the right to become the Independent System Operator for the United States south east regional electricity organisation, an American firm was found to have had extensive experience in the design of electricity markets and was familiar with the regulators, the utilities and the consultants, as well as being in a position to advise on incorporation, taxation and joint venture contracting. This assistance proved invaluable to the client in putting together its consortium and bid proposal.
ESTATES & PROBATE
When an English based family, a client of Davenport Lyons (England) sought to locate relatives in Ecuador to benefit from an intestate family death, the local firm Perez Bustamente & Ponce successfully identified living relatives within 10 minutes of the enquiry being made.
Sand to Singapore
Dyah Ersita & Partners, Indonesia Globalaw member, referred to Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, Philippines Globalaw member, one of its long standing and valued clients, a Norwegian company that is a designer, manufacturer and contractor in the field of offshore works worldwide. The client had recently invented a new highly efficient system for seabed sand dredging utilizing high-powered pumps. The Norwegian company is interested in contracting with any Philippines company that has sizeable sand concessions in order to extract and transport sand to Singapore. Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (Dicky Salazar) provided a legal memorandum on permissions and relevant laws on the sand and gravel sector and also background information identifying potential partners for the Norwegian client.
When Aspen Pharma, one of the largest generic drugs companies had a problem with a specific agreement members in New York, Paris and Poland assisted in achieving a great result for the firm. Having used a huge US firm previously they expressed themselves particularly satisfied with the services received from Day Pitney.
Also they have expressed interest in a number of South American countries. Introductions are being made in Peru and Chile.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Internet Service Provider
A Jackson Walker (Texas member firm) client who supplies internet and cable services across Europe and the Middle East was seeking multiple satellite relay locations in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and parts of Turkey.
Turning to Globalaw relationships, Jackson Walker connected their client to local firms who could provide assistance. Within two weeks of the initial request, the client was in touch with Danovi & Giorgianni of northern Italy, and Miro Senica and Attorneys of Slovenia who aided in site selection, site acquisition, site construction, and employment matters.
The connection between these Globalaw firms and attorneys, offered a timely solution and reliable client service.
Mediation in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Client of Texas member firm Jackson Walker, a Hicks-Muse affiliate and Muzak's largest competitor, is adverse to five Latin Music labels in a high-stakes licensing issue. The mediation will take place in Buenos Aires with the help of Globalaw's Argentina member firm.
Tender for Regionals Legal Representation
A client of Henry Davis York (Sydney), a global leader in the provision of information technology, research and advisory services, requested a tender for legal representation throughout the Asia Pacific region and Japan. The Globalaw firms in Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand all contributed to the development of the tender with particulars of their resources, expertise and pricing.
Assistance Attaining a Visa
When a U.S. employee of Jackson Walker's client was wounded in Bosnia and transferred to a United States air force base in Germany the Globalaw German member firm was immediately contacted for assistance and obtained the required visa.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
One of the Largest Transactions in Globalaw's History
Davenport Lyons of (London based English member) was instructed to acquire a large property portfolio in Kiev for one of its clients. The acquisition involved acquiring a Dutch partnership vehicle and creating an acquisition structure and all corporate and real estate aspects in Holland and Ukraine. The transaction was funded by a European bank. Davenport Lyons instructed member firms in Holland (VMW andtax), in Malta (Camilleri Preziosi) , Cyprus (Pelaghias, Christodoulou Vrachas & Co), in Ukraine (Magisters) and worked closely with the Globalaw member firm in Greece (Vgenopoulos & Partners). The transaction was successfully concluded and was one of the largest conventionally funded real estate transactions in Ukraine and involved seeking clearance from the Monopolies & Mergers Commission and a major re-structuring.
Acquisition by French Company
Texas member firm Jackson Walker closed the acquisition by a French company of the Netherlands subsidiary of a U.S. company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. The acquisition was structured as a stock purchase, and the final purchase price was in the range of US$15-20 million. This is the second time Jackson Walker has represented the French company (who was referred by Thierry d'Ornano of French member firm CMC Avocats) in connection with an acquisition, the first time being in connection with the purchase of a Utah corporation. Jackson Walker quarterbacked the transaction and engaged Ayolt Zoer and his colleagues at Van Mens & Wisselink to act as local counsel on Dutch legal matters.
Pumps Valves and Seals Open Philippines Market
Yao Liang Law Offices, Shanghai Globalaw member, referred to Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, Philippines member, a US multinational company engaged in the manufacturing of pumps, valves and seals wanting to set up a legal presence in the Philippines as a branch. Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, through Managing Partner Dicky Salazar, provided legal advice on the requirements for setting up business in the Philippines to the clients Asian legal counsel.
Fundraising in Another Jurisdiction
When a client wanted to raise finance in England for an investment, it sent the fund raising document it had produced to Davenport Lyons and its corporate department "topped and tailed it” so that it would comply with local legislation and provided advice as to how such activities could be conducted in England.
Martin Woolf of Germany has been provided with details of a high value residential London property for one of his clients who may be interested in a purchase. The price is £70m.
Acquisition of Berlin Hotel
When a client of English member Davenport Lyons wanted to buy a hotel in Berlin, Davenport Lyons called on Huth Dietrich Hahn to advise. An acquisition of the hotel followed at a price of €40m.
Disposal of Real Estate in London
When Danish firm Mazanti-Anderesen Korso Jensen & Partners acting for one of its high net worth clients, sought a trusted advisor to assist a client in selling a valuable London property it instructed Davenport Lyons (English member) to assist.
Acquisition of Major Real Estate Portfolio in Ukraine
See the story "One of the largest transactions in Globalaw history” under the Mergers & Acquisitions heading above.
Development of Holiday Home
Oldham, Li & Nie ("OLN”), the Hong Kong member of Globalaw, is currently acting for a property manager in Hong Kong court proceedings against the property owners for breach of a property management contract in Bali. The contract is governed by Indonesian law, so OLN contacted Dyah Ersita & Partners, the Globalaw member in Indonesia, to assist.
A large real estate company company in Spain with a €250m property portfolio is seeking to relocate its banking relationship to HSBC in London. Davenport Lyons has made an introduction to the bank (as a corporate panel firm to HSBC) and are hoping to achieve assist in cementing this new relationship.