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Going Global: A Lawyers Guide to Emerging Markets

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Globalization is a trend that affects every aspect of our lives today. From politics and religion to finances and law, every industry has somehow been impacted. As this trend grows, companies are beginning to take advantage of the inherent opportunities and expand into foreign markets. Clearly, the ramifications are enormous. This riveting and engagingly delivered CLE seminar looks at the challenges, rewards and pitfalls of opening an office in a foreign country—particularly in an emerging market. The course is presented by Mark Meyer, a leading international lawyer with a widely recognized expertise in international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, and international arbitrations. The course will explore various aspects of emerging markets including guidelines for determining firm and market readiness, risk assessments and strategies for success.

Lecturer Bio

Mark A. Meyer, Esq.

Mark A. Meyer is a leading international lawyer with a widely recognized expertise in international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, and international arbitrations for major U.S., European and Israeli corporations engaged in manufacturing, energy, tourism, transportation, telecommunications, real estate development and capital-raising activities in Southeast Europe and the United States, coupled with similar extensive experience in Western Europe and Israel.

He is a member Panel of Arbitrators of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an autonomous international institution that is part of the World Bank and established under the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States, to which there are currently 157 signatory nations. He is also a member of the Panel of International Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution SM (ICDR), the international division of the American Arbitration Association, as well as the panel of the Romanian Court of International Commercial Arbitration in Bucharest. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation of the American Bar Association as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Mr. Meyer is an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City where he teaches “Transactions in Emerging Markets”. In 2009, St. John’s bestowed its annual Dean’s Teaching Award upon Mr. Meyer for his outstanding qualities as a teacher.

Mark Meyer has been a special advisor for legal and economic matters to six European heads of state including the Presidents of Romania, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Montenegro. In 2004, the President of Romania decorated Mr. Meyer with Romania’s National Order of Merit in the Rank of Commander. In 2006, the President of the Republic of Moldova bestowed upon Mr. Meyer the Republic of Moldova’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Civic Merit.

In 2007, St. John’s University School of Law conferred upon Mr. Meyer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, describing him as “a pioneer in promoting the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990.” In 2004, Mr. Meyer was named a Harvard Law School Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus for his “great skill in the economic, legal and political transformation of a developing region”. In 2011, Fairleigh Dickinson University conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, upon Mr. Meyer lauding him for: “embracing the promise of other cultures, working tirelessly to promote the rule of law in a developing region and building international relationships based on mutual cooperation.” He is also the recipient of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Pinnacle Award, its highest honor for distinguished alumni. Mr. Meyer has been Chairman of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest bilateral trade organization in the world devoted to Romania, since 1990. Mr. Meyer has received the Libertatea Award as one of the ten most significant persons in the world to Romania. He is also Vice President of the Congress of Romanian-Americans (the only non-Romanian-American officer of the Congress), and the author of numerous articles in international publications on a wide variety of legal issues. Mr. Meyer lectures widely throughout the United States and Europe on legal aspects of doing business in the region. He was once an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where he prosecuted offenders indicted for crimes such as rape, robbery and attempted murder, and he taught as an Instructor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, St. John's University, and Harvard Law School.

Mark Meyer has been the Chair of the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the City Bar's Council on International Affairs. When Mr. Meyer was Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar, he led the mission which authored an influential report in 2006 on the violations of international law in Moldova's separatist enclave of Transnistria which became a United Nations document and formed the basis for a resolution of the Government of Moldova adopting a plan of action to utilize the rule of law to resolve the Transnistrian crisis. In 2009, Mark Meyer was named Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Public International Law which concerns the structure and conduct of sovereign states, intergovernmental organizations and multinational corporations. Mr. Meyer is an elected Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

The former President of Romania, H. E. Emil Constantinescu, appointed Mr. Meyer in May 1999 as Co-Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Improvement of the Business Environment in Romania. The Commission, which included representatives of the Government, Parliament, labor and the business community, held public hearings throughout the country and presented a comprehensive report to the President which contained numerous recommendations that have since been enacted into law.

Mr. Meyer is a member of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., and Rubin Meyer Doru & Trandafir, spca, and he is admitted to the New York Bar and the Bucharest Bar. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest legal ability rating of "AV" (Very High to Preeminent), has been consistently ranked since 2006 as an international business "Super Lawyer" in New York, and is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. Mr. Meyer has been a Regular Member of the Metropolitan Club in New York since 1992.

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