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Ingram Micro
Client Profile:
World's largest wholesale technology products distributor
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, UK

“The FLI network is truly interested in who the client is, what they’re doing, get to know the client, and willing to develop a long-term relationship. That’s what I am really pleased about.”

Medtronic
Client Profile:
World's third largest medical device company
Headquarters:
Ireland
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Germany, India, Philippines, Russia, Indonesia

“It strikes me that you are creating a truly global network of law firms that would help many companies to expand their operations in different parts of the world.”

Fortune 100 Company
Client Profile:
One of the largest companies in energy and telecommunications
Headquarters:
United States
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spin, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

“I think the structure of FLI network works well. The coordination through Brussels can be very helpful, but it’s not rigid in the sense that we actually get to work directly with the member firms.”

Our FLI NET partners have worked on a wide range of client matters, including the roll-out of a telecommunications licensing project, a number of sensetive labor matters, as well as due dilligence in anticipation of the acquisition of companies in the energy sector.

Fortune 200 Company
Client Profile:
One of the largest companies in life sciences
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Bahrain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates

Our FLI NET partners have worked on the roll-out of a multi-phase import structure for medical devices.

This company would be happy to give a recommendation by telephone.

Fortune 500 Company
Client Profile:
One of the largest companies in high-tech materials
Headquarters:
United States
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Argentina, Austria, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK

"It can be really challening to collect legal advice from ten, twenty, thirty different countries and work to harmonize that independently as the consumer of the legal advice. FLI gives us a uniqe opportunity to work with one network where the partners strife to be consistent on a global basis and are very practical in their solutions."

Our FLI NET partners have worked on a number of matters, including the implementation of harmonized corporate guidebooks for senior management, the acquisition of a technology company in Asia-Pacific, and updating a number of subsidiaries in Europe, South America, and South Africa.

DHL Express
Client Profile:
The leader in international express shipping
Headquarters:
Bonn, Germany
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Africa and Middle East

"...while there are a number of possible alternatives in the market, FLI is certainly a viable channel for our company to benefit from a well-managed network of leading national law firms in now more than 50 worldwide jurisdictions, many of which are historically unpredictable and difficult areas to manage. For a number of reasons FLI's business model appears to be very responsive to the economic realities of a world going through a very gloomy downturn."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

HERTZ
Headquarters:
United Kingdom
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"On behalf of Hertz, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable role... Please convey to your principals that we have thoroughly appreciated working with you on this matter. And while the process may have taken much longer than either party had hoped, ...we are pleased with the final product and look forward to a long, profitable partnership associaton."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Solvay Pharmaceuticals (recently acquired by Abbott)
Client Profile:
One of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies
Headquarters:
Germany
Supported by FLI NET Members in
EU-30, plus C.I.S: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

"As General Counsel of a multi-national pharmaceutical company operating worldwide and in far-flung regions where the large international firms don't even have a viable presence, I find that the First Law network hits the sweet spot in a variety of ways -real local presence, professional solutions, and excellent cost control. I know when I give First Law a matter to handle that they will hustle to put the right resources on it, that they will quickly evaluate the situation and come forward with thoughtful solutions, and that it won't cost me an arm and a leg. It's not easy to find legal providers who can provide true cross-border, seamless support while striking the right balance between these considerations and who can provide coverage in the smaller and emerging markets. First Law does it smoothly and effectively."

Peter Edwards
Executive Vice President and
General Counsel

May 15th, 2010

Solvay Pharmaceuticals (recently acquired by Abbott)
Client Profile:
One of the world’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies
Headquarters:
Germany
Supported by FLI NET Members in
EU-30, plus C.I.S: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

"We have been very impressed with First Law International's nimble and seamless business approach to rendering cross-border, legal support out of their Brussels Head Office."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Situs
Client Profile:
The premier provider of commercial real estate advisory services and integrated process solutions
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Denmark, Germany, Ireland, England

"...I knew right away that First Law International would be a global platform that would meet my needs. Managed by seasoned former GCs who understand the level of support I require allows me to focus on the bigger issues and know that things are being taken care of. Through leading the national law firms FLI has been able to harness a common vision so that each of the firms can act seamlessly and in a coordinated manner under Brussels' central management and yet I still have the ability to deal direct with each as needed or when urgency so requires."

Letter of Recommendation:
Ilim Group - International Paper (IP)
Client Profile:
Leader of the Russian pulp and paper industry (IP's Russian subdivision)
Headquarters:
St. Petersburg
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Finland

"It is with this in mind that we are pleased to recommend First Law International ("FLI"). We were originally introduced to FLI NET by its representative member in Switzerland. We have been very impressed with the support rendered by the FLI NET Finnish partner Mr. Panu Karhu who has acted for Ilim Trading SA* in a complex cross-border arbitration matter... for the past couple of years. We would not only use FLI Finland again but other jurisdictions where our needs may require competent, professional cross-border support at FLI's competitive rates."

Letter of Recommendation:
Ferrari Group
Client Profile:
Europe’s leading weaver and fabric-coating specialist
Headquarters:
France
Supported by FLI NET Members in
France, China, Republic of Korea

"We have been very pleased with the support provided by FLI NET China Partner, Dacheng Law Firm - Shanghai, and especially with their responsive and direct approach to our requirements and expectations: straight to the point, keeping away the classical long-winded memos and unnecessary reports.
We are happy to recommend FLI and their innovative business model to renderiing both cross-border and local support through a central management point of coordination."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Spandex
Client Profile:
One of the world's leading trade suppliers to the sign making and display industries.
Headquarters:
Zaventem, Belgium
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Australia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, UK

"I have recently had the opportunity to work closely with FLI in a complex, multi-jurisdictional project, which required skill in a number of disciplines including labor, corporate, immigration and tax. To coordinate the project among the various FLI partner offices, Brussels HQ role proved a key advantage. FLI's management spared no effort to add value and travel to our various sites to learn firsthand the issues which needed to be addressed in a timely fashion. This level of personal commitment and involvement was welcomed by our management team."

Letter of Recommendation:
Vignal Systems
Client Profile:
EU leader in designing, developing and supplying commercial vehicle signal lighting systems
Headquarters:
France
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, Spain, Greece

"...knowing that FLI has partner offices everywhere we do business is of great value since we can have all our issues centrally managed by FLI HQ in Brussels. In turn, FLI maintains good contact with the individual firms, hosts a number of partner-client annual global and regional events and provides us with timely reports and consolidated billing which is an advantage."

Letter of Recommendation:
Med Trust HmbH
Client Profile:
Austria based medical device distributor for Diabetes Care, with operations in Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, and Sweden
Headquarters:
Austria
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Norway, UK

"We have been very pleased with the level of services we have received by FLI...We have been very impressed with FLI's business approach to rendering legal services. Their understanding of international law and its application to our way of thinking and doing business in Europe has been a real asset. We intend to continue to use them in the future as we expand into other markets. We recommend FLI without reservation."

Letter of Recommendation:
Thrush Aircraft Co.
Client Profile:
One of the top U.S. manufacturers of agricultural aircrafts (crop dusters)
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"FLI's business model and international presence worldwide for a company such as ours has been a real plus given the nature of our market, especially FLI's key-level contacts in difficult places to conduct business."

Unaoil Group
Headquarters:
Monaco
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"Most recently, FLI has been involved with our group on a large project in an emerging market which has required a varied and flexible skill-set. We are pleased to report that we have worked successfully to bring this project to a key milestone and appreciate the contribution FU has made to this endeavour, particularly its pro-active management style."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Eastbridge SA
Client Profile:
Large investment group
Headquarters:
Luxembourg/Belgium
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Switzerland

"We've worked with FLI for a number of years in various countries. You always feel secure when dealing with their lawyers. They are not only professional and competent attorneys but nice people which is very important and it makes our job much easier. FLI's international presence has helped us in areas where is not so easy to secure good support and for this reason we will continue to work with FLI."

Ms. Ewa Podgórska , Board Member & General Counsel. May 23, 2010

PilePro
Client Profile:
The world's only full line connector manufacturer for the steel sheet pile industry
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium, Spain, Germany, Russia

"We are happy to recommend First Law International as our preferred international legal support. During our professional relationship we have found FLI's model very much in line with the evolving requirements in current recessionary market place. FLI's executives are very competent attorneys witih a business mindset, which proves invaluable for companies such as ours."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Gerdau Ameristeel
Client Profile:
4th largest US steel company and the second largest minimill steel producer in North America
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium, Spain

"We have been very impressed with the international support of First Law International. FLI's business model seems to be at the right place at the right time. In these financially difficult times where budgets are very carefully spent, a law firm with FLI's global reach is managed by seasoned attorneys who happen to be business minded."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

IMCG, Inc.
Client Profile:
U.S. based growing supplier, designer, and distributer of quality housewares
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"Our company has known Mr. Casares for 15 years and during this time, he has provided valuable support. Mr. Casares' approach to rendering legal advice is both meticulous and very professional. I've been particularly impressed with his sensitivity to my business requirements and his keen ability to act beyond the traditional attorney role."

DataPath Inc
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium, Italy

"From the outset, FLI has been very proactive with our emerging requirements, not only by organizing key-level meetings with your multinational partners to better identify our strategy into the European market, but also by enabling a unique and extremely valuable platform of top-level contacts within MODs in Germany, France, the Netherlands and UK. Our company has been very impressed by your keen sense of understanding of our core business and your tenacity to locate opportunities where one might not otherwise be found as was the case in Italy and Spain where your contacts both within the government and heads of industry have proven both unique and invaluable."

Metis Construction
Client Profile:
Construction conglomerate
Headquarters:
Turkey
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"FLI's business model is very much in line with our commercial objectives as their principals tend to behave closely to our strategic corporate vision. Their international contacts have been of much value to us since we find that FLI can open doors otherwise impossible to open or too long and costly to do so on our own."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

INDRA
Headquarters:
Spain
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium

"This letter of recommendation is to confirm that we have had the opportunity to work with First Law International over the years and have found their dealings with us to be very professional and of utmost integrity. FLI's senior management's business approach to rendering legal services has been a unique plus in understanding our way of doing business, especially in otherwise difficult markets where FLI has developed a unique skill set."

de Courcy & Company
Client Profile:
USA
Headquarters:
Belgium

"First Law International and its Principal, Mr. Orlando Casares, have been our international legal service provider for a number of years. During all this time, Mr. Casares has not only provided valuable legal support but has become a trusted advisor well beyond the realm of a traditional lawyer."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

NATCO Holding Co.
Headquarters:
Dubai
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Germany, Spain, Ukraine, France, Italy, USA, Belgium, Switzerland

"Mr. Casares' skill set through the assistance of his FLI Partners, world-wide, has been an invaluable tool by relying on the competence of the local, capable legal assistance at very competitive rates. FLI"s business model has been the right model for us since FLI has a partner in practically every jurisdiction where we may need legal support."

Upon request, FLI HQ would be glad to provide the letter of recommendation.

Juran Institute Inc.
Client Profile:
U.S.-based international consulting company that provides training and consulting services in quality improvement and management as well as Six Sigma certification
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Spain, Germany
OGMA
Headquarters:
Portugal
Supported by FLI NET Members in
USA, North Africa
SPIE BENELUX
Headquarters:
Belgium
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium
Merit Medical
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium
PSA
Headquarters:
France
Supported by FLI NET Members in
USA
Vital Networks Inc
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
France, Morocco
Micromuse Inc
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Magma Design Automation
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
South Korea, Malaysia
Adaptec Inc
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium, Germany
Kinetics Group
Headquarters:
USA
Supported by FLI NET Members in
Belgium, Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore