United States: 2009 Trends Report Explores Best Practices; Forecasts And Examines Latest Trends In Cross-Border Disputes And International Practice
Last Updated: January 13 2009

January 12, 2009 (New York, NY) - Proskauer Rose LLP, a global law firm with 800 lawyers worldwide, is proud to announce the release by its International Practice Group of "2009 Trends and Developments in International Legal Practice."  The 2009 Trends Report is the latest annual supplement to the firm's hugely popular e-Guide, "Proskauer on International Litigation and Dispute Resolution", which is publicly available at http://www.proskauerguide.com/welcome

Since its launch in 2007, the e-Guide has become among the most visited websites on international practice, serving clients and readers in more than 100 countries. Available for free viewing and download at www.proskauerguide.com, the Guide explores best practices and creative-yet-practical approaches to managing, resolving, and avoiding international practice controversies as well as reviews the implications of the pivotal legal and strategic issues in international practice and dispute resolution. 

The just-published 2009 Trends Report can be accessed and downloaded from the e-Guide's website. The Report analyzes the significant legal issues currently facing businesses operating globally today; forecasts the potential impact and future direction of these trends; and focuses on the practical implications of these trends.

There has been significant activity in each of the areas that Proskauer reviewed in its earlier trends reports. Following last year's analysis and the firm's Spring 2008 "Major Trends Conference" in Paris, Proskauer's International Practice Group has once again identified the most significant legal and practical trends in international practice as evidenced by judicial, legislative, and commercial developments in the past year. The general topics include:

  • Litigation of International Controversies in the US: Toward a Balanced Approach to Expanding/Contracting Jurisdiction and Enforcement

  • American-Style Litigation Reforms in Europe: To Be or Not To Be

  • Sovereign Entities in US Commercial Litigation: New Challenges and Opportunities

  • Increased Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques

  • Increased Risk of Coordinated Regulatory/Enforcement Proceedings in Multiple Countries

  • Vigorous, Expanded Enforcement of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  • Trends in US M&A: Lessons from a Difficult Year

More generally, the e-Guide provides practical advice on topics that include: drafting international agreements; securing/avoiding jurisdiction; judgment enforcement/avoidance; multi-jurisdictional regulatory proceedings and investigations; protecting witnesses, documents, privacy and privileges; trial practice involving international controversies; and a number of additional substantive areas.

"In the wake of a pivotal year that is bound to result in new litigation as well as strategic structural and transactional challenges for companies around the world, the release of our resolutely practical e-guide supplement could not be more timely," said Louis M. Solomon, Co-Chair of Proskauer's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and Editor-in-Chief of the e-Guide and Trends Report. "The overwhelmingly positive response to the e-Guide and to our Trends Report of last year confirmed the need for a comprehensive "refresh" of the issues arising in cross-border disputes and where courts and arbitral forums are headed in these increasingly uncertain - and litigious - times."

Proskauer's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department is comprised of 275 lawyers practicing around the world in a wide range of forums, including federal and state courts, administrative and regulatory agencies, and national and international arbitral tribunals. In addition to such mainstays of a complex practice as securities, contract and antitrust matters, the firm's litigators have extensive experience in: bankruptcy litigation; intellectual property litigation, including copyright, trademark, patent and Internet law; insurance coverage counseling and litigation; criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions; civil forfeiture proceedings; sports law; entertainment law; defamation and other publishing matters; employee movement, trade secrets and unfair competition matters; ERISA; franchising; health care; lender liability; family and partnership disputes; real estate litigation; and tax controversy.

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