The Pacific Rim Practice
Pacific Rim Legal Counsel
Wasserman Law Group has been actively involved in the Pacific Rim region since its establishment. Our Alhambra branch office is the largest law office providing legal services to Asian clients in the San Gabriel Valley, the largest Chinese American community in the United States. Our lawyers have the experience and the skills to provide cross-cultural transactional advice and litigation services to Asia based clients investing in the United States and United States based clients investing in the Pacific Rim alike.
SERVING THE PACIFIC RIM
We provide experienced legal counsel in or between offshore islands, Greater China, and other areas within the Pacific Rim.Australia • Antigua • Beijing • Bermuda • British Virgin Islands • Brunei • Cambodia • Cayman Islands • Cook Islands • Guernsey and Jersey • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Jakarta • Japan • Korea • Malaysia • Mauritius • Netherlands Antilles • New Zealand • Philippines • Samoa • Singapore • Thailand • Vietnam
Our Pacific Rim practice is staffed by over eight attorneys in Los Angeles and many other affiliated legal consultants based in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta, supported by a team of multilingual legal assistants and notary publics. Over the years we have gained broad knowledge of business practices throughout Greater China, in particular. We have also established close relationships with many U.S., PRC and Taiwan government organizations which enable us effectively to access the information clients need regarding the U.S.’, PRC’s and Taiwan’s evolving legal and regulatory regime.
Wasserman Law Group strength rests on the many links we have forged between ourselves and the worlds of business and government. We have lawyers who travel between Asia and the U.S. for business almost every month. We have several lawyers who serve on the boards of multinationals, financial institutions, regulatory boards, governmental commissions and trade associations. This rich, varied and practical perspective strengthens our rapport with, and understanding of, our business clients.
We provide comprehensive and specialized legal services in all aspects of inbound and outbound commercial transactions involving numerous industries, including transportation, real estate, telecommunications, high technology, media, mining, energy services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food services, financial services and consumer products.In addition to Greater China, we have conducted transactions with clients from or in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia. We are also familiar with formation and proper utilization of offshore entities in jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Mauritius, Guernsey and Jersey, Netherlands Antilles, Samoa, Antigua and Cook Islands.We draw on experts from other practice areas within the firm, including Business Litigation, Business Transactions and Corporations, International Transactions, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Insurance.
An important part of our Pacific Rim practice involves representing Asia based corporations and strategic investors in the purchase and sale of equity stakes in U.S.-based companies and vice-versa. The M&A projects on which we have advised cover a broad spectrum of manufacturing and services industries, and range over a wide geographic area. In addition to representing clients in initial target acquisitions, we have also been active, in the ongoing financings of portfolio companies such as private placement, bridge loans, refinancing and recapitalizations as well as the dispositions of ownership interests in invested companies in the form of trade sales, spin offs and management buyouts. We also advise on the formation, sale of interests and management of private equity funds.
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
Wasserman Law Group Pacific Rim Practice Group has a substantial real estate practice representing a wide variety of participants in the real estate industry, both local and international. We see our clients as entrepreneurs, and look at the issues not only from the legal, but from the practical business perspective, ranging from the negotiation and drafting of simple or complex joint venture agreements to the representation of our clients in the purchase, development, construction, financing, sale, or tax-free exchanges of a variety of real estate projects, from raw land for development to office buildings, shopping centers, retail properties, residential apartment complexes, hotels, resorts, golf courses, supermarkets, multi-tenant or single-tenant industrial projects.In connection with this, we conduct complex due diligence studies on land use, title, easement or multiple underlying lease reviews. We also represent our clients in the negotiation, drafting, or review of master leases for manufacturing, industrial, retail, multiple residential, regional malls, community shopping centers, office buildings, or mixed-use projects, and in more complex lease transactions, including build-to-suit leases, ground leases, percentage leases, or major tenant leases. As an added benefit, our multicultural background allows us to identify with the particular concerns of our Pacific Rim clients.
LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Wasserman Law Group Pacific Rim Practice Group’s litigation practice is recognized for its success in handling and resolving complex business disputes. Our lawyersare well-versed in litigation in State and Federal Courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution methods, including private arbitration and mediation. Our Practice Group focuses on several concentrated areas:
Real Estate Litigation. Our attorneys have handled virtually every type of real estate dispute, from specific performance, quiet title and partition actions, to eminent domain and commercial leasing disputes. We represent owners, developers, suppliers, and general contractors in claims involving major construction defects, cost overruns and delays, and enforcement of mechanic’s liens. We also handle a wide range of contract and partnership issues, including breach of purchase agreements, dissolution of partnerships and limited liability companies, lender and financing disputes, and broker liability.
Business Litigation. Attorneys in Wasserman Law Group Pacific Rim Practice Group have significant experience in litigation involving issues of breach of contract, fraud, misuse of confidential information, breach of warranty, and business torts such as interference with economic advantage. Our practice includes the handling of licensing, trademark and counterfeiting disputes. Our attorneys also have experience in toxic tort and premises liability matters. We are experienced in cases involving unfair business practices and unfair competition claims brought under California Business and Professions Code Sections 17200 and 17500. In addition to a multitude of collection actions against debtors, we handle corporation, partnership, and joint venture disputes across a broad spectrum of industries.
Employment Litigation. The Pacific Rim Practice Group has considerable experience in advocating for clients in cases involving wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and breach of contract claims. We specialize in litigation of “whistleblower” claims, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, and related torts. Our attorneys have represented management interests before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor and the California Labor Commission. We also defend employers in hearings involving Labor Code 132a discrimination and “serious and willful” matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
TRANSNATIONAL WEALTH PRESERVATION
We have extensive experience and knowledge in assisting high net worth individuals and families who own businesses, public or private, across the Pacific in estate and tax planning, asset preservation, estate, probate, and portfolio investment. We work closely with the individual’s foreign and U.S. accountants, financial advisors, private bankers, and broker dealers to provide a comprehensive approach to each individual’s or family’s unique needs, using both traditional and sophisticated planning vehicles and techniques, including, without limitation, formation of private foundations and trusts.
Our employment practice has experience in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, especially those involving multinational corporations. We can undertake employment tribunal advocacy before the Department of Labor when required, and have had regular exposure to client issues ranging from sensitive severance issues and boardroom disputes through to issues of corporate governance and more standard disciplinary and grievance issues.We have handled the following types of employment law matters: Employment law aspects of all corporate finance transactionsService agreements and contracts of employment Employment policies ranging from performance, sickness and misconduct procedures to maternity and family leave schemes, Boardroom disputes and severance claims, International employment issues including dual contracts. Executive remuneration and corporate governanceDiscrimination (including sex, race and disability)
The Pacific Rim Practice Group is dedicated to meeting your needs in the Family Law area. From independent adoption or drafting a prenuptial agreement, to dissolution of marriage with overseas property, we will thoroughly analyze the relevant facts and law, and zealously protect and defend your best interests.
Contact us today for skilled Pacific Rim legal representation.