Global Services

Overview

Companies and organizations of all sizes find themselves operating globally – whether it is a simple distribution agreement or a complex joint venture. We work with clients to help them comply with the myriad of global rules and business practices, assisting them in resolving cross-border disputes and in recovering assets wherever in the world they are located.  Learn more about our work in Europe and the specific services we provide individuals and businesses in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet republics.

Representative Matters

  • Managed the worldwide trademark portfolio for a high-end textile manufacturer to provide coordinated protection.
  • Established and implemented employment policies and procedures for an international textile corporation having manufacturing and retail operations across the U.S. and abroad. 
  • Served as counsel to a Japanese consumer electronics company in a real estate acquisition transaction for U.S. headquarters, including environmental due diligence.
  • Represented a U.S. acquirer in a cross-border multi-million-dollar acquisition of a French multinational plastics company for strategic entry into the U.S. plastics market.
  • Advised U.S. and Swiss corporate clients concerning discovery in international litigation and arbitration, the application or exclusion of the CISG, and comparisons of U.S. and Swiss corporate law for SEC disclosure documents.

European Practice Group

Overview

Wilk Auslander’s European office is strategically located in Geneva, Switzerland, at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and is a global center of research, finance and diplomacy. We can help you with structuring and execution of your cross-border transactions so that you can use transborder technology transactions as a strategic tool for reaching your business objectives and to maximize your competitive advantage and return on investment. Wilk Auslander offers U.S. corporate and securities advice from U.S. lawyers based in Switzerland.

Geneva is the site of the Campus Biotech a multimillion dollar biotechnology and life sciences center blending science and industry and which counts as one of its founders EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, one of the world’s leading universities. Geneva is also headquarters to many of the world’s leading multinationals including ST Microelectronics, Caterpillar, Firmenich, and Ralph Lauren and world famous high-tech and biotech companies Oracle, Dell, Sanofi-Aventis, Hewlett Packard, Iomega, and Thomson Reuters; international organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO); and over 100 banks and other financial institutions. Swiss companies are among the largest foreign direct investors in the United States, and Switzerland is rated among the easiest countries in which to do business.

Since March 2004, our Geneva office, which is a five minute walk from the main train station and 12 minutes by train from the airport, has provided U.S.-style creativity, speed, and tenaciousness on transborder transactions involving technology and intellectual property delivered with Swiss-style service and precision to clients in the U.S. and Europe, including U.S., Swiss, Italian, French, British, Irish, German, and Russian clients. We handle corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, joint ventures, restructurings, strategic alliances, redomiciliations, and other commercial matters. Please see our Transborder Technology Transactions Team description for additional information.

Together with our New York office the Geneva office provides cross-border assistance with dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, real estate, tax, and estate planning. Since 2008 our Geneva office has also been providing assistance with respect to U.S. and Swiss tax and estate planning issues.

Our clients and our experience are primarily in the following industries:  semiconductor, electronics, robotics, sensors, automotive, food, biotech, medtech, life sciences, telecommunications, solar, and commodities.

Our Geneva office lawyers provide a unique perspective because we are lawyers from different countries and jurisdictions, we are totally integrated into the Geneva business and legal communities and our hands on experience and expertise enable us to provide our clients with cost efficient, pragmatic and well-managed assistance and solutions for transborder legal issues.  We work daily with the lawyers in our New York office, Swiss lawyers, and through an extensive, close, and well-developed professional network, with lawyers and other professionals throughout Europe.

Representative Matters

  • Review and interpretation of a U.S. distribution agreement for a Swiss publishing company to advise as to possible breach under U.S. law.
  • Strategic advice and implementation of a $100 million U.S. oil and gas company strategy for converting stock deregistered in the U.S. to stock trading on a European exchange.
  • International securities and corporate representation for a reverse merger resulting in a needed capital raise.  Handled subsequent SEC compliance and filings for a Swiss hardware distribution company.
  • Corporate representation and securities compliance for a U.S. public company and its Swiss subsidiary solar panel manufacturer and implementation of a “going dark” strategy to decrease U.S. securities law compliance requirements.
  • Implementation and execution of industrial revenue development bond transaction for a U.S. subsidiary of a German manufacturing company to enable the U.S. subsidiary to upgrade its manufacturing plant.
  • Preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale and related contracts for a Swiss acquirer of oil and gas interests in Columbia.
  • Preparation and negotiation of subscription agreements, stock purchase agreements, and shareholder agreements for a Swiss-based international oil and gas exploration company in connection with an international capital raise.

Russian and former Soviet republics Practice Group

Overview

Our Russian and former Soviet Republics Practice Group counsels high-net-worth Russian residents and citizens on their businesses and other matters in the United States and Europe. Our team members have Russian backgrounds and speak Russian and other European languages.  We provide highly individualized attention designed to efficiently meet the needs and address the specific concerns of clients living and having business interests in or from the unique environment of Russia and the former Soviet Republics.

We counsel clients in a wide array of areas, including general corporate matters, securities, private equity and hedge fund formation and transactions, general and limited partnerships, international tax issues, asset protection, real estate transactions, litigation, judgment enforcement, banking and finance, trusts and estates, and alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. In addition, our Geneva office has well-established European contacts, enabling us to assist our clients with businesses and other matters throughout Europe.

With our unique blend of legal and cultural resources, we enable our clients to deftly navigate through otherwise difficult and challenging environments.

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Representative Matters

Transborder Technology Transactions Team

Overview

Providing one-stop coordination and single point of contact for clients seeking seamless assistance in transborder, multijurisdictional transactions. Experienced legal team with hands on knowledge of fast-moving tech industries and the requirements of shareholders and management of both start-up and established corporations.

Coordination: One-stop coordination and project management; single point of contact.

Network: Mobilization of transborder legal and technology network.

Experience: Collaboration with CEO’s, CFO’s, Directors, lead investors, engineers, scientists, and lawyers.

Project Management: Coordination of due diligence, transactions, and agreements in line with the overall strategy defined by client.

Fee Management: Management of fees for legal and professional team to align with client expectations.

Service Delivery: Focused, rigorous, efficient, pro-active, value driven.

Get deals done on time

Jurisdictions: US, France, UK, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and Mexico.

Languages: English, French, German, and Spanish.

Transactions Size: B2B or B2C with a size range between $1 million and $100 million.

Technology Industries: Electronics, semiconductor, robotics, automotive, solar, oil and gas, telecommunications, biotech, medtech, cleantech, commodities, food, consumer.

Contracts/Agreements: Technology transfer, supply, development, patent and trademark licensing, non-disclosure, IP and know-how transfers, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution, agency, software development, outsourcing, insourcing, shareholder, employment, consulting, sponsorship, marketing, promotional, settlement agreements, and co-existence agreements regarding intellectual property disputes.

IP Counseling: Trademarks, patents, copyright, trade secret, including portfolio development and management; social media.

Transactions: Technology transfer, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, equity and debt, public and private.

Litigation: Strategic approach to transborder dispute resolution, advice on mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Strengths: Over 30 years international experience in the fields of corporate, IP and IT laws

Strategy: Using transborder/cross-border technology transactions as a strategic tool for reaching business objectives to maximize competitive advantage and return on investment.

Collaboration: Collaborating with business teams to facilitate the achievement of overall business objectives and management priorities.

Project Management: International reputation in transactional matters and strong project management skills.

Intellectual Property and Information Technology Expertise: Assisting companies in acquiring, commercializing, using and protecting intellectual property and technology assets and services as well as in dealing with third party patent claims including from non-practicing entities.

Technology Start-up and Young Companies: Company formation, both company and investor-side representation in private equity financing, securities compliance, general corporate governance matters, commercial contracts, technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions.

Company Policies: Supporting through training and drafting the preparation of corporate policies required to address increasing worldwide regulatory risks in the field of anti-trust, bribery, international trade, export controls, privacy, and conflict minerals.

International Network: Together with our office in New York and an international network developed over 30 years we are able to assist companies in many jurisdictions, including the U.S., Switzerland, France, Italy, UK, Ireland, and Russia by providing specialized assistance if required during the course of a transborder technology transaction.

Evaluate Risks: We help to evaluate legal risks and opportunities presented by technology-focused business arrangements.

Structure & Negotiation: We help to structure and negotiate all types of transborder technology transactions.

Templates: Preparation of standard templates for recurring commercial transactions and to address new issues in the law and new business areas.

Fast-paced: We are experienced with working in a fast-paced environment with savvy and demanding clients and maintaining high standards. We have exceptional analytical and communication skills and as part of a client’s team we provide practical advice in response to complex and rapidly changing conditions.

Best Practices: We seek to drive best practices in diverse legal areas such as regulatory compliance issues, alternative dispute resolution procedures, international commercial law, intellectual property, trade secret law, and contract law.

Representative Matters

Corporate and Securities

  • Coordination and execution of U.S. and Swiss corporate and securities advice in connection with a multimillion-dollar telecommunications U.S. public company strategy for “going dark” in the U.S. and redomicilation in Switzerland as a private company.
  • Preparation and negotiation of cross-border convertible loan transaction for Swiss multinational’s investment in Irish technology company, representing multinational.

Contracts

  • Preparation and negotiation of technology transfer license agreement between Swiss educational institution and Swiss technology start-up, representing start-up.
  • Preparation and negotiation of subscription agreements, stock purchase agreements, and shareholder agreements for a Swiss-based robotics company in connection with an international capital raise
  • Negotiation and preparation of an international distribution agreement between a U.S. medical device supplier and a Swiss distributor to cover several European territories
  • Advice on and preparation of employment agreements and termination agreements for positions in the oil and gas, food, and technology industries, with a particular focus on agreements for employees moving between countries for new positions.
  • Coordination with Swiss counsel to provide advice on Swiss distribution law for Greek medical distribution supplier.
  • Preparation of a sponsorship agreement for a Japanese consumer electronics company engaging a well-known celebrity saxophonist to assist company in promoting its electronic instruments.
  • Preparation of a license agreement for a Japanese consumer electronics company to license names of well-known children’s puppets to develop children’s products.
  • Development of standard forms of software development contracts for applications for handheld devices.