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Firm Profile

First Law International

Firm Profile

Brussels

  • Profile
  • Ave. Louise 523
  • Brussels
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • 1050

Firm profile submitted by First Law International

President: Orlando J. Casares
Number of countries represented worldwide: 82
Number of FLI NET member firms worldwide: 77+
Number of lawyers worldwide: 8,000+

Firm Overview:
Considered by many GCs and in-house legal departments as the rescue line, First Law International (‘FLI’) is the Brussels-based hub of a global network of over 75 independent, full-service, high quality national law firms known as FLI NET™. FLI’s international project management offices are located in The Hague and London (for the European market); Houston, TX and Mexico City (for Americas market), Istanbul for MENA; and Singapore and Bangkok (for Asia/Pacific market). The only Global Elite Network recognised by the Financial Times (Innovative Lawyers - 2015 edition) as having a high impact in the ongoing day job of in-house legal departments across a wide range of international clients through its innovative business model. FLI is not a pay-for-play subscription based referral association. No one firm can buy their way into FLI.
Each member firm is carefully selected and vetted to ensure that it meets FLI’s high quality standards, common culture of timely responsiveness and unprecedented client satisfaction. The FLI NET firms provide a full range of legal services and share the FLI vision to provide seamless and fully integrated cross-border legal support. As the central point of coordination and management, FLI’s HQ and its project management offices are comprised of very seasoned former General Counsels of US Fortune companies. Its extensive in-house cross-border experience makes it uniquely qualified to coordinate and manage legal services rendered by competent FLI NET™ Member firms. Among the network’s key offerings is the unique outsourced Assistant General Counsel (‘Assistant GC™’) support, in which FLI functions as the ‘extension of the in-house legal department.’ Acting as the coordination and management center for cross-border services rendered by the FLI NET member firms, FLI’s business model empowers the client to focus on other more valued-added activities than managing a multitude of law firms in various jurisdictions and spending untold time negotiating different terms of engagement, and a complicated grid of so many billable rates and competencies with different attorneys, making this internal administrative process a very poor use of the GS’s time. In addition to scoping out the deliverables, clearly delineating timeliness and ensuring that budgets are honored, FLI NET offers a full-service menu of the highest quality legal services in each jurisdiction. By choosing to work with FLI, you will reap significant advantages including:
■■One single, central point of management & coordination for cross-border legal support
■■One single Letter of Engagement – a savior for multi-jurisdictional, cross-border projects
■■One single very competitive rate across the board (region-by-region)
■■One single consolidated billing
■■Client interface (relationship partners) for project management by seasoned former GCs of Fortune Companies
■■Over 82 jurisdictions in the worlds’ thriving markets with 8000+ attorneys around the clock
■■High quality national law firms in-country (as ranked by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500)
■■Very responsive business model in operation worldwide for over 15 years
■■Unprecedented client satisfaction (as seen by an impressive roster of letters of recommendation)
■■Annual conferences (Spring - general attendance), Asia/ Pacific conference (Fall - regional) attended by FLI NET members, clients and VIPs
■■Impressive practice groups chaired by prominant attorneys (routine conference calls and meetings for further integration)
■■The only Global Elite Network (“Chambers and Partners”) featured in Financial Times as truly innovative, highly personalised service
■■Strategic relationship with Thomson Reuters (authors of the annual prestigious multi-jurisdictional guides (Practical Law); regular sponsors of the Association of Corporate Counsels (ACC) annual conference)
All of the above spell out the need for a viable alternative from traditional expensive law firm’s which renders FLI as the undisputed global network of choice for cross-border legal support. FLI is committed to disrupt the legal industry by offering a truly innovative and high-quality service proposition accompanied by disruptive technology that aims to liberate the GC in a number of ways. Through its network, integrated cooperation among member firms, outstanding practice groups and efficient delivery model, FLI is the true cost- effective alternative in the market for today’s GC. In-house legal departments across the board can now safely approach a single point of contact that can provide as good legal coverage anywhere, including remote business outposts, instead of the franchise-type law firms which up until recently claimed to be the only ones endowed with such prowess. By incorporating disruptive technology, FLI is pioneering the transition from routine legal tasks previously deemed expensive to automated functions turned commoditised. GCs think again and join the growing number of multinationals migrating to FLI.

Main Areas of Practice:
Through a very strong array of global practice groups, FLI NET™ members are able to offer a full-service menu of the best quality legal services, including: general corporate and commercial; life sciences (biopharmaceutical and medical devices); data privacy (protection, retention and loss prevention), litigation, arbitration and mediation; mergers and acquisitions; food law; intellectual property – litigation and prosecution; automotive; labour and general employment support; IT and telecommunications; corporate secretarial services inclusive of immigration; governmental and regulatory; project and company management; market access and investment strategy; real estate – project finance and banking; compliance and regulatory issues – FCPA, anti-bribery, OECD, SOX and EU money laundering; tax (advisory and planning).

Firm Overview:
Considered by many GCs and in-house legal departments as the rescue line, First Law International (‘FLI’) is the Brussels-based hub of a global network of over 75 independent, full-service, high quality national law firms known as FLI NET™. FLI’s international project management offices are located in The Hague and London (for the European market); Houston, TX and Mexico City (for Americas market), Istanbul for MENA; and Singapore and Bangkok (for Asia/Pacific market). The only Global Elite Network recognised by the Financial Times (Innovative Lawyers - 2015 edition) as having a high impact in the ongoing day job of in-house legal departments across a wide range of international clients through its innovative business model. FLI is not a pay-for-play subscription based referral association. No one firm can buy their way into FLI.
Each member firm is carefully selected and vetted to ensure that it meets FLI’s high quality standards, common culture of timely responsiveness and unprecedented client satisfaction. The FLI NET firms provide a full range of legal services and share the FLI vision to provide seamless and fully integrated cross-border legal support. As the central point of coordination and management, FLI’s HQ and its project management offices are comprised of very seasoned former General Counsels of US Fortune companies. Its extensive in-house cross-border experience makes it uniquely qualified to coordinate and manage legal services rendered by competent FLI NET™ Member firms. Among the network’s key offerings is the unique outsourced Assistant General Counsel (‘Assistant GC™’) support, in which FLI functions as the ‘extension of the in-house legal department.’ Acting as the coordination and management center for cross-border services rendered by the FLI NET member firms, FLI’s business model empowers the client to focus on other more valued-added activities than managing a multitude of law firms in various jurisdictions and spending untold time negotiating different terms of engagement, and a complicated grid of so many billable rates and competencies with different attorneys, making this internal administrative process a very poor use of the GS’s time. In addition to scoping out the deliverables, clearly delineating timeliness and ensuring that budgets are honored, FLI NET offers a full-service menu of the highest quality legal services in each jurisdiction. By choosing to work with FLI, you will reap significant advantages including:
■■One single, central point of management & coordination for cross-border legal support
■■One single Letter of Engagement – a savior for multi-jurisdictional, cross-border projects
■■One single very competitive rate across the board (region-by-region)
■■One single consolidated billing
■■Client interface (relationship partners) for project management by seasoned former GCs of Fortune Companies
■■Over 82 jurisdictions in the worlds’ thriving markets with 8000+ attorneys around the clock
■■High quality national law firms in-country (as ranked by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500)
■■Very responsive business model in operation worldwide for over 15 years
■■Unprecedented client satisfaction (as seen by an impressive roster of letters of recommendation)
■■Annual conferences (Spring - general attendance), Asia/ Pacific conference (Fall - regional) attended by FLI NET members, clients and VIPs
■■Impressive practice groups chaired by prominant attorneys (routine conference calls and meetings for further integration)
■■The only Global Elite Network (“Chambers and Partners”) featured in Financial Times as truly innovative, highly personalised service
■■Strategic relationship with Thomson Reuters (authors of the annual prestigious multi-jurisdictional guides (Practical Law); regular sponsors of the Association of Corporate Counsels (ACC) annual conference)
All of the above spell out the need for a viable alternative from traditional expensive law firm’s which renders FLI as the undisputed global network of choice for cross-border legal support. FLI is committed to disrupt the legal industry by offering a truly innovative and high-quality service proposition accompanied by disruptive technology that aims to liberate the GC in a number of ways. Through its network, integrated cooperation among member firms, outstanding practice groups and efficient delivery model, FLI is the true cost- effective alternative in the market for today’s GC. In-house legal departments across the board can now safely approach a single point of contact that can provide as good legal coverage anywhere, including remote business outposts, instead of the franchise-type law firms which up until recently claimed to be the only ones endowed with such prowess. By incorporating disruptive technology, FLI is pioneering the transition from routine legal tasks previously deemed expensive to automated functions turned commoditised. GCs think again and join the growing number of multinationals migrating to FLI.


Through a very strong array of global practice groups, FLI NET™ members are able to offer a full-service menu of the best quality legal services, including: general corporate and commercial; life sciences (biopharmaceutical and medical devices); data privacy (protection, retention and loss prevention), litigation, arbitration and mediation; mergers and acquisitions; food law; intellectual property – litigation and prosecution; automotive; labour and general employment support; IT and telecommunications; corporate secretarial services inclusive of immigration; governmental and regulatory; project and company management; market access and investment strategy; real estate – project finance and banking; compliance and regulatory issues – FCPA, anti-bribery, OECD, SOX and EU money laundering; tax (advisory and planning).