ILN Specialty Groups

The ILN Specialty Groups provide all member firms with the ability to pool their resources and take advantage of the tremendous strength and depth of their combined expertise. Under the leadership of the Speciality Group Committee Members, these groups provide the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice on cross-border transactions.

Our Specialty Groups
Corporate
Co-Chaired by Charles Cowper of Gadens Lawyers in Sydney, Australia and Charles Wander of Fladgate LLP in London, the Corporate Group provides a platform for discussion among ILN members of Corporate Law matters in an international context, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and corporate governance, for a range of clients.

The Corporate Group meets regularly at all ILN Annual and Regional Meetings, discusses issues of interest via their collaborative listserv and is preparing to publish their Guide to "Establishing a Business Entity In..."
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Co-chaired by Jim Giszczak of McDonald Hopkins and Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green, the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group provides an international platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to easily service the needs of their clients requiring advice.

The group has a wealth of experience advising clients on best practices for data privacy, security, storage, and disposal, and specializes in coaching clients through the rapidly changing state, federal, international and industry privacy and breach notification laws. The lawyers in the ILN can provide client support during investigations by state and federal regulators, and they have significant experience in litigation prosecution and defense. They publish regularly on topics of interest on the ILN's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy LinkedIn Showcase Page.
Energy
Chaired by Brit Brown of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP in Houston, Texas, the Energy Group brings together energy practitioners from around the world to discuss issues of mutual interest. The group services the legal needs of a wide range of clients in the energy industry around the world, addressing almost every kind of issue confronting the energy industry today.

The Energy Group is preparing to publish a collaborative newsletter, ILN-ergy, which will share articles on energy topics of interest around the world.
Estates & Trusts
Co-chaired by Mark Weintraub of Clark Wilson in Vancouver, Canada, and Marjorie Suisman of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine in Boston, Massachusetts, the Estates and Trusts Group provides leadership and subject matter expertise on trends, best practices, and current regulatory and legal issues in trusts & estates matters, with the goal of helping ILN members to better serve their clients.

The group recently presented a two-part series on cross-border issues in estate law between the US and Canada: Part 1 - "Passport to Trusts & Estates: Canadian Issues for U.S. Estates" and Part 2 - "Passport to Trusts & Estates: U.S. Issues for Canadian Estates." They also provide updates on trusts & estates matters on their LinkedIn showcase page.
Intellectual Property
Headed by Eddie Powell of Fladgate LLP, London and Wendy Miller of Cooper & Dunham LLP, New York, the Intellectual Property Group is a forum for discussion of legal issues, trends and best practices in intellectual property law, in a range of areas.

The group regularly meets at ILN Annual and Regional conferences, as well as hosting an annual lunch at the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Annual Meeting.

They recently launched their collaborative blog, ILN IP Insider, which brings together IP practitioners from around the world to share their experience and expertise on the latest trends in IP law. Members also provide updates through the group's LinkedIn Showcase page.
International Dispute Resolution
Co-chaired by Marty Beirne of Beirne Maynard & Parsons LLP in Houston, Texas and Simon Ekins of Fladgate LLP in London, England, the International Dispute Resolution Group is focused on the development of relationships through networking with ILN members with litigation expertise and sharing knowledge of industry trends and topics.

They meet regularly at ILN Annual and Regional Meetings and host calls on substantive topics for discussion, including the impact of privacy regulations on international discovery proceedings, and how local and related regulations may impact employment decisions and investigations.
International Trade
Chaired by Antonello Corrado of EXPLegal of Rome, the International Trade Group provides a platform for discussion of issues of mutual interest. The group is focused on both public and private concerns, depending on the jurisdiction, and has discussed a number of topics, including:
  • How international transactions are completed
  • Anti-dumping
  • Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  • TTIP
The group will be presenting on TTIP at the upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting in Taormina, and following up with a collaborative publication on trade agreements.
Labor & Employment
Co-chaired by Marie Macdonald of Miller Samuel LLP, Glasgow and William Milani of Epstein Becker & Green in New York, New York, the Labor & Employment Group represents various perspectives of labor & employment law, committed to a balanced discussion of employment issues worldwide.

The group regularly meets during ILN Annual and Regional meetings for discussions on topics of common interest, and to make and renew relationships.
Marketing
The ILN Marketing Group provides the platform for enhanced communication, enabling all of its members to service the needs of their law firms. Chaired by Lindsay Griffiths of the ILN, the group's members are focused on the following goals: Serving as a means of sharing knowledge and best practices among member firms; assisting the ILN Administration in its marketing efforts through suggestions/feedback and co-marketing opportunities; and serving as a resource to firms in the Network without marketing professionals or departments.

The group meets regularly at the Legal Marketing Association conferences and quarterly via teleconference.
Medical Device and Drug Manufacturing Litigation
Co-chaired by Jeff Shapiro of Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, and Jessica Jensen of Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC, the Medical Device & Drug Manufacturing Litigation Group is focused on building their relationships internally through face to face meetings, periodic conference calls and shared emails.
Real Estate
Co-chaired by Amy Fracassini of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine in Boston, Massachusetts and Tor Erlend Framstad of Okland & Co DA in Oslo, Norway, the Real Estate Group fosters relationships among practitioners in this area to support the making and receiving of referrals.

They are currently working on a collaborative publication on the topic of how to purchase and sell real estate in their respective jurisdictions, to be published in late 2015.
Restructuring & Insolvency
Chaired by Sebastian Laboga of Kuebler GbR in Germany, the Restructuring & Insolvency Group provides a platform for communication on current legal issues, best practices and trends in insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy.

Most recently, the group presented a panel on the "Twists and Turns in Dealing with Distressed Debt," and will be meeting again at the 2015 ILN Annual Meeting in Taormina, Sicily to continue their discussions.
Sports Law
Chaired by Johan Vanden Eynde of Vanden Eynde Legal in Brussels Belgium, this Group focuses on the following areas: challenges of organizing major international sporting events, setting up associated financial support for these events, public procurements and private partnership for building of the infrastructures. tax planning, TV and other image rights, contracts, organizers liabilities and implementation of international legislation, competition law and international property (including merchandise). The Group will also focus on the more person matters of international support for the sports(wo)men in all matters, contract, tax planning, image rights, sponsoring and discipline.
Tax Law
Chaired by Michael Donovan of Lewis Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis, Missouri, the International Tax Group brings together tax professionals from around the work to support the making and receiving of referrals.

The group members meet quarterly by conference call to discuss issues of mutual interest, and plans to develop a collaborative publication in the latter part of 2015.