Who should watch:
- International Practice Section members
- Business law practitioners
- Lawyers representing international businesses
- Any attorney desiring to learn more about international business law
How you’ll benefit:
- Understand how foreign customs and practices can affect international business dealings
- Know how the Wisconsin Ethics Rules apply in situations involving international companies and trade
- Learn strategies for ethically dealing with multiple jurisdictions, cultures, and venues
This program is presented by the International Practice Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin in partnership with State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE.
Know how to play the game
When negotiating international business transactions, Wisconsin practitioners must be aware of many factors. Normally, politics and the legal system don't matter. However, in the international context, they may affect whether your client views your advice and counsel as successful.
This program will delve into these considerations while engaging you in a bit of high stakes wagering. Not only will the “winners” get to remain in good standing in Wisconsin, but they will also receive prizes.
Taking care of business
As technology and trade become more widespread, business has become much more international. In addition to understanding the laws of the local jurisdiction, the international practitioner must be aware of how non-U.S. socially acceptable customs and behaviors can impact both ethical considerations and the strategies used for achieving optimal results for clients.
This interactive program will show what can happen when a Wisconsin company looks to grow larger by making an overseas acquisition. As the fact pattern evolves, multiple jurisdictions, lawyers, venues, cultures, and politics will become relevant to the transaction.
In addition, key aspects of Wisconsin Ethics Rules must be considered in the international sphere. We’ll explore questions such as:
- At what point does a lawyer need to be concerned with the unauthorized practice of law when outside of Wisconsin and/or the U.S.?
- Does privilege apply and, if so, to what degree? If not, how does one adhere to client confidentiality obligations?
- When does a violation of a rule or law abroad affect license status and admission to the Wisconsin Bar?
A world of helpful guidance
If your practice involves contact with foreign clients and cultures to any degree, this program will equip you with additional tools to be successful in advising clients engaged in international commerce. It will also raise fundamental questions about how Wisconsin Ethics Rules operate in a multi-jurisdictional environment and outside of the U.S. Watch today!
About the presenters
Timothy L. Liddiard is an attorney specializing in international and U.S. labor and employment law as well as global data privacy, protection, retention, and destruction. He also specializes in corporate ethics policies and compliance, global litigation, commercial vendor contracts, Title VII discrimination issues, union avoidance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to this, Tim worked as a union attorney for Council 2, the Washington State Council of County and City Employees as well as for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. He has also worked for Miller Brewing Company, Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel, and the Kohler Company.
Tim has resolved approximately 200 collective bargaining agreements throughout the United States, Canada, EMEA, ASPAC, and Central and South America. He has liquidated facilities in the United States, the Philippines, and Egypt. He has also resolved strikes in Thailand, India, China, and Brazil.
Jeffrey Perzan specializes in international business transactions, technology, and entrepreneurship. He has spent two decades in-house with IBM, including three years at its European headquarters, and with Fiserv, most recently as senior vice president and deputy general counsel.
Jeff has conducted licensing negotiations in more than 60 countries; assisted with joint ventures in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa; and led acquisitions in the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. He has spoken on a number of international topics at the International Bar Association, American Conference Institute, and Center for International Legal Studies.