C.V. Starr Lectures

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.