Business Desk

As business development lies at the very core of First Law International innovative business model, FLI has put in place International Business Development Desks.

The driving factor behind this timely initiative is to generate business opportunities for the entire FLI NET “flying geese” family, which now spans in over 75 countries.

Responding to the global economic downturn, FLI International Business Desks are reaching clients who are in need of seamless, cross-border legal support at very competitive costs.

All FLI NET Business Developers are committed to providing quality services and the valuable support focusing on different regional coverage: North America, South America, Scandinavia, Baltic States, and Spain.

Business Development Desk

North America
Contact
Pete Larsen
Telephone
+1 832 412 8391 (Office)
+1 832 660 1394 (Cell)
Background

Mr. Larsen earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Larsen is also currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law, U.S. Constitutional History, and Political Science to both undergraduate and MBA graduate programs.  
 
Until recently, Mr. Larsen served as Situs’ Associate General Counsel (who has been a FLI client since 2012 and attended the FLI NET Spring 2013 Conference in The Hague, as well as the recent 2014 conference in Houston). Based in the Houston office, he primarily supported Situs’ servicing and special servicing businesses, providing legal expertise within commercial mortgage servicing and special servicing, including servicing and special servicing in commercial real estate finance and securitization.
 
His responsibilities also included complex contract preparation and negotiation, legal department management, risk assessment and insurance. In October 2011, Mr. Larsen was the lead attorney on the purchase of loan servicing rights of approximately 9.7 billion Euros, more than doubling the company’s European assets under management at that time.  
Mr. Larsen brings more than ten years of experience in real estate law, title, mortgage law, commercial leasing, business law and litigation related to residential, multi-family and commercial real estate and has more than 10 years of business management experience prior to attending law school.  
 
Prior to joining Situs, he was in a private practice, where he represented commercial property owners and investors in conveyance, finance and loan documentation as well as representing them in commercial real estate related litigation.

Areas of Responsibilities

Pete joined First Law International in May 2014.

He is currently responsible for building FLI NET's market position through locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships through Americas.

Location
Houston, Texas, USA
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Global Reach
North America
Scandinavia and Baltic Countries
Contact
Panu Karhu
Telephone
+35 840 516 7978
Background

Panu graduated in law from Helsinki University in 2002, and subsequently obtained a LLM in Maritime law degree from Oslo. He has also studied economics in Germany. Prior to his law studies Panu attended Finnish military and naval academies.

In his early career Panu worked for a claims agency that represented foreign insurance companies in Scandinavia, Russia and in Baltic Countries. He also worked for a large Nordic insurance company. Panu has been practicing law since 2005, and he is a member of the Finnish bar association.

Throughout his career Panu has had international focus and a very international and diversified clientele ranging from small businesses to listed companies.

Areas of Responsibilities

Panu and his law firm have been in regular contact with First Law International since 2006.

Panu is responsible for marketing, client development, as well generating new business opportunities in Finland, rest of Scandinavia and Baltic Countries.

Location
Helsinki, Finland
Languages
Finnish, English, German, Swedish, Russian, Estonian
Global Reach
Scandinavia and Baltic Countries
South America and Spain
Contact
Marisa Martos
Telephone
+34 666 771 677
Background

Bachellor in Law in Barcelona, Spain.
Graduated in Law from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)
LLM in International Commercial Law at King’s College University (London)
Member of the Sabadell (Barcelona ) Bar Association since 1996.

Marisa has broad experience as Coordinator of Commercial and M&A Law Department in various Law Firms in Barcelona.

She has also experience as a Legal Adviser for companies in Spain and in England.

She has published the article “Derecho de la Competencia Europeo versus Oligopolios no Colusorios” (“European Competition Law versus Non Collusive Oligopolies”) in the Spanish Legal Magazine Abogacía & Empresa.

Areas of Responsibilities

Marisa joined First Law International in June 2013.
Marisa is responsible for marketing, communications, public relation, client development, as well generating new business opportunities.

Her role also covers international strategy and market research

Location
Barcelona, Spain
Languages
Spanish, Catalan, English, French
Global Reach
Spanish and LATAM market (incl. Spanish companies with subsidiaries over the world)

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