C.V. Starr Lectures


October 26, 2016
Guiding Foreign Investors through U.S. Laws

October 13, 2016
Negotiating Commercial Contracts
with Foreign-Based Businesses

Guiding Foreign Investors through U.S. Laws

  • Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Location: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway (W-320), New York, NY 10013
  • CLE: 1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice (at no cost) for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers.
  • Primary sponsors: The Center for International Law at New York Law School, and Le Mouvement des Français de l’Étranger (MDFDE) French and Francophones Abroad
  • Co-sponsor: NYLS International Law Society
  • Registration is required for general admission (no charge) and CLE


Do you have foreign clients who want to settle and invest in the United States? Which corporate structures and visa options are available to them? What tax implications do they face when living, working, and investing in the United States? Our speakers below will discuss aspects of American immigration, tax, and corporate law which affect foreign investors and entrepreneurs.

A short video on social entrepreneurship will follow the panel.

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Pascale LonguetPascale Longuet (Topic: U.S. corporate structures) is Founding Partner of The Law Office of Pascale Longuet. She is a bi-cultural attorney admitted to the Paris and New York bars in 1987 and 1990. Pascale advises European and French corporate clients regarding their transactions in the United States, and her practice focuses on corporate and commercial assistance. She also assists clients in matters as varied as intellectual property protection, settlement of international estates, repatriation of US assets to France on behalf of incapacitated individuals, execution of foreign judgments in the United States, arbitration, and litigation. Pascale works with a network of specialized attorneys located in the United States and in France. She co-authored “Investir aux États-Unis” [Investing in the United States], Ed. Dalloz 1994, and regularly writes and lectures on the topic of corporate implantation in the U.S. Pascale previously participated as a panelist as part of the CLE program “How to launch and grow an international law practice” held at New York Law School. She is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the American Foreign Law Association, and the French-American Bar Association. She is also the former director and secretary of the Turtle Bay Association.

Pascale will discuss the most common forms of legal structures available for setting up a business in the United States, and will address in more details the Corporation and the Limited Liability Company including their formation, and operation, as well as the pros and cons related to each structure.

Section separatorSophie RavenSophie Raven (Topic: U.S. visa options) is Founding Partner of The Law Office of Sophie Raven. She is also the Executive Legal Director, MDFDE/New York. Sophie has over 12 years of experience representing clients in business and family immigration matters. She is experienced in advising clients on issues relating to the full range of employment-based visas, including investor visas, and family-based visas, both temporary (nonimmigrant) and permanent, visas for lawful permanent residence (“green cards”), and U.S. citizenship. In 2011, Sophie contributed to updating Immigration Law & Procedure (by Stanley Mailman and Stephen Yale-Loer), the leading immigration law treatise. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on the AILA New York Chapter Citizenship Day Committee. Sophie is also a member of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York City (ABCNY) and chairs its Business Immigration Subcommittee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the French American Chamber of Commerce, and the French American Bar Association. Sophie earned her law degree (J.D.) from New York Law School and was awarded a Public Service certificate upon graduation. She spent one year of her undergraduate studies at l’Université de Paris VII and Reid Hall (Columbia University) in Paris where she studied Japanese and French literature. Sophie is fluent in French, and proficient in Spanish and Japanese.

Sophie will discuss all of the different U.S. visa options (E-2 investor visas, L-1 intracompany transfer visas, and EB-5 investor green cards) available to foreign investors based on their long-term objectives, and the application process for each of them.Section separator

Patrick BourbonPatrick Bourbon, CFA (Topic: Tax and wealth management) is the Founder of Bourbon Financial Management, and is also the French Consular Advisor and Executive Cultural Director of MDFDE/Chicago. With 20 years of investment experience, Patrick helps professionals and expatriates worldwide who want to enjoy a comfortable retirement at a chosen lifestyle by giving non-conflicted advice, and by optimizing their portfolios in a world of lower returns and higher taxes.   Previously, he spent a decade as a portfolio manager and analyst at UBS specializing in equity markets. Patrick earned his CFA designation in 2003. He received his Masters in Finance with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business in Chicago and his Masters in Engineering with honors at EPF École d’Ingénieurs in Paris. Patrick is also an adjunct professor, the President of UFEC-AFFC, Chairman of Stuart Investment, and Treasurer of the South Shore Drill Team.

Patrick will discuss tax and wealth management for Europeans living in the United States, focusing specifically on the tax impact and potential penalties when foreign nationals move to the U.S. (FATCA, FBAR, OVDP), and on investing in the U.S. versus investing in Europe.


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Negotiating Commercial Contracts with Foreign-Based Businesses

  • Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • Lecture: 4:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Reception: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway (W-401), New York, NY 10013
  • CLE: 1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice (at no cost) for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers.
  • Primary sponsors: The French-American Bar Association USA, and the French-American Bar Association France
  • Co-sponsor: NYLS International Law Society
  • Registration is required for general admission (no charge) and CLE


What do you and your client need to know when negotiating commercial contracts with foreign-based businesses and their lawyers? Using France as the main starting point, our speakers will compare and contrast the U.S. and French approaches to negotiating commercial contracts, explain the rights and obligations of the contracting parties, and discuss whether and in what circumstances U.S. or French law applies, among other topics. Please see our speaker biographies below.

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Celine BondardCéline Bondard (admitted in Paris and New York) is a Principal at Bondard Law Firm in Paris (62 rue de Maubeuge) operating, since 2010, with an international clientele having an interest in setting up a part of their business in Europe and in France in particular.

Céline’s practice specializes in Intellectual property and business law. She provides legal and strategic advice, drafts contracts, and handles negotiations and litigation in the fields of intellectual property and business law, as well as technology law, e-commerce and media matters. As a lawyer with a cross-border experience, Céline advises entrepreneurs, the startup world as well as large corporations on the development of their business, creation of their companies, on their expansion domestically and internationally, as well as on their strategy for managing their intellectual property assets. She also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting contracts involving the transfer of intellectual property rights (assignments, licensing, distribution, franchises).

Céline teaches Intellectual Property and Innovation related legal subjects (in French and English) at the most renowned French business schools: HEC – Master Entrepreneurs, Sciences-Po Paris – School of Communication, and École Polytechnique – Master Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Céline has practiced in large law firms in the United States, first in Washington D.C. at Kaye Scholer LLP, then in New York at Mayer Brown LLP, before joining Mayer Brown’s LLP Paris office. She is also the co-founder and President of the French-American Bar Association (Paris Chapter), and a member of the Board of its sister Association, the French-American Bar Association in New York.

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Olivera MedenicaOlivera Medenica is a Principal at Medenica Law PLLC in New York (3 Columbus Circle). Olivera’s practice focuses on both transactional and litigation issues faced by businesses in a variety of industries from media, hospitality, and fashion to consulting, retail and telecommunication. She regularly counsels her clients on trademark, copyright, business licensing and disputes as well as business agreements, social/digital media, and client strategic counseling. In her litigation practice, she counsels her clients on matters such as copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, right of publicity and privacy, defamation, as well as shareholder and business owner disputes in closely held businesses.

Olivera has lectured in a variety of venues on issues dealing with intellectual property, business ownership and disputes, social media, and law firm management issues. Lecture engagements have included Lawline.com, the Federal Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York City Bar, the New York State Bar Association, Harvard Law School, Brooklyn Law School, New York Law School, South by Southwest Interactive, Cardozo Law School, the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Direct Marketing Association Conference (Geek-End), and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

She has also written articles for a variety of publications including the New York Law Journal, National Law Journal, Ecommerce Law and Strategy, Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review and the Internet Law Journal. She also co-authored the American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Fashion Design, and Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2015 Edition of Navigating Fashion Law.

Olivera is also the founder of an annual national Fashion Law Conference hosted by the Federal Bar Association. The conference draws an international audience and was recently featured in the Huffington Post and Intellectual Property Watch, a Geneva, Switzerland-based publication.

Olivera served as President to the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2014-2015). She was also a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors, and has chaired the Small Law Firm Committee at the New York City Bar and the Entertainment, Media, Intellectual Property and Sports Section at NYCLA.