"McLeod Law LLP ("McLeod") (Alberta Canada) has served U.S. individuals in our region to allow them to deal with issues facing their estates in Canada. Our firm also assists Canadian citizens purchasing U.S. real estate. Advice in these matters requires assistance from U.S. counsel regarding their ever-changing rules in these complex areas of law. Our affiliation with TAGLaw has offered us a new option to address these issues.
Brent Cooper, one of McLeod's TAGLaw contacts, reached out to Jim Baumgartner of Black Helterline LLP (Oregon, USA), to seek solutions to these problems. In turn, Jim introduced his colleague Dave Streicher to our Wills and Estates practice group and a great relationship was formed. Over the past years, Dave has provided extremely timely and effective advice to our lawyers allowing them to provide excellent advice to our cross border clients. This relationship has provided great success on dozens of files. We would have never experienced this type of service without our TAGLaw affiliation."
“Early this year, I was contacted by a Quebec wine agent who had been given my name by Alain Menard of Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells (Quebec, Canada). The agent had just entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with one of the largest global wineproducers and distributors out of California who had terminated its exclusive agreement with one of the largest agents in Canada. The previous Canadian agent sued the California distributor for breach of the exclusive agreement and was claiming significant damages in the multi-million dollar range. The CFO of the Canadian agent was a former colleague of my wife, Melisa, at KPMG. We were eventually retained by the California distributor to defend the action in British Columbia. We worked in conjunction with the distributor’s California counsel out of San Francisco. A conflict arose with respect to the client’s San Francisco counsel and we were able to retain Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP (San Francisco, California, USA), to look after a specific matter in the litigation. I was eventually able to successfully resolve the matter for the client through negotiation and mediation with the CFO of the Canadian distributor. Subsequent to the settlement, I was retained to act on another matter by our client’s San Francisco counsel who has continued to refer work to me.
A month or so after the settlement, we were asked by Blaine Tunnicliff of Zhong Lun Law Firm (Shanghai, China) whether we knew of an agent in Canada who could supply ice wine to China. I was able to not only recommend my California client but also the Quebec agent who had referred the file to me initially as well as the Canadian agent who had sued our client. Even though none of my recommendations were selected by Blaine’s client, I was subsequently contacted by the Canadian distributor who had sued my California client to act for it in another litigation matter in B.C. since it was appreciative of the referral despite having sued my client. This illustrates TAGLaw collaboration at its best.”
—Richard P. Attisha, Harper Grey LLP (British Columbia, Canada)
"We received a referral from Alex Lever of the Dutch law firm Nysingh (Netherlands) in respect of its client, a listed Dutch client that was due to make a significant acquisition in the UK. Alex Lever instructed our corporate department, headed by myself, on the basis of the good cooperation and understanding of the expertise that had been built up between our firms over the years, through the TAGLaw alliance. The transaction was completed in a tight timescale, and is an example of a good working relationship built between two members, allowing excellent service to be provided to the client.”
—Kevin Byrne; Clarkslegal LLP (Reading, England)
“We were pleased to assist a number of TAGLaw members this year whose clients have operations or do business in Australia. A few examples include: when we had the opportunity to assist MAQS Law Firm (Sweden) on the Australian aspects of the acquisition of a multi-national carbon manufacturing business, and when we assisted Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss (Michigan, USA) with the proposed acquisition of an Australian research company and advised them on various aspects of Australian law and the business sale agreement.”
—Anthony Phelps; Piper Alderman (New South Wales, Australia)
“Special thanks from Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass (San Francisco, California, USA) go out to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Los Angeles, California, USA) for providing the facilities for the key meeting during a recent transaction between Chronix Biomedical and Myriad Genetics. Paul Tauber, Chair of Coblentz’s Corporate/Business Group and lead counsel for Chronix Biomedical, noted that utilizing the MSK office was of absolute importance in finalizing this license agreement. Chronix is extremely pleased with the closing of this significant deal, one that will ultimately progress Chronix’s proprietary early cancer detection technology and tests.”
—Paul Tauber; Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass (San Francisco, California, USA)