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Practice Groups

Each MI Practice Group represents a centre of global excellence in its specific area. Lawyers in these groups work together on client assignments all over the world – see Success Stories - to exchange best practice and develop a shared response to emerging trends to share with the clients, the groups also regularly meet in person and online. They will also respond to significant world events with a global impact such as environmental disasters. Some groups hold complimentary webinars that you are welcome to join.

Please email mackrell.hq@mackrell.net to register your interest.

If you're after a particular expert in a particular country or countries, please contact the group leader who will be happy to put you in touch with the right person.

Practice Groups, Leaders and Participants

  • Antitrust & Competition

    As breach of competition and antitrust law has become a serious and potentially catastrophic issue for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so MI has built a substantial global network of experts on standby to act at any time. Choosing MI Antitrust and Competition Group gives you instant access to the right people, on the ground, in your choice of 60 countries. These specialists offer a broad range of experience prosecuting and defending private antitrust and competition lawsuits, responding to civil and criminal investigations by national and local enforcement authorities, providing antitrust counselling to businesses, and preparing and implementing antitrust compliance programs. They also advise on transactional competition issues relating to mergers and acquisitions.

    Contact Robert Molden robert.molden@garde.se

  • Arbitration & Mediation

    Team Leader: Paul Jacobs

    Arbitration and mediation is an increasingly popular alternative to litigation through the courts and used successfully by clients in a variety of private and commercial dispute resolution situations. MI’s Arbitration and Mediation Group represents the collective strength of trained and experienced mediators in 60 countries. Typical work includes resolving disputes in competition, corporate, investments, employment and family.

    Contact Paul Jacobs PJacobsQC@msmlaw.ca

  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency

    Team Leader: John Rizzardi

    In distressed situations, speed and efficiency are at a premium. MI’s Banking and Insolvency Practice Group can put together a tailored cross-border team to work swiftly and effectively for representation in all affected jurisdictions. Whether a highly regulated formal proceeding, an unregulated corporate restructuring, informal creditor workout or debt adjustment plan, MI’s Banking and Insolvency members can be relied upon for their jurisdiction expertise, knowledge of local statutory or regulatory schemes, awareness of local practices and access to skilled resource. Practitioners have represented lending institutions, secured creditors, formal and informal committees, borrowers and asset purchasers. They have served as appointed court officials including Receivers, Trustees and Examiners. Because of their global access to other experts, this group can form integrated teams of other disciplines including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and intellectual property.

    Contact John Rizzardi – jrizzardi@cairncross.com.

  • Construction

    Team Leader: John Scheef

    From large scale construction projects to moderate expansion plans and basic residential work, MI’s worldwide Construction Practice Group offers experts on the ground in 160 cities across 60 countries. Group members are familiar with all aspects of construction law in their jurisdiction including regulation, real estate, contracts, employment and litigation. They are also familiar with the local terrain, local laws and local contacts including specialist professionals.

    Contact John Scheef john.scheef@solidcounsel.com

  • Employment

    Team Leader: David Dubberly

    Employers worldwide need timely legal advice on preventative risk counselling, labour relations, union avoidance and compliance issues. They are also required to stay abreast of increasingly complex country, local, state and federal employments laws. The MI Employment Practice Group advises on all aspects of employment law and litigation anywhere in the world. Practitioners cover all global jurisdictions and have tried cases in country, state and federal courts and tribunals. Many members regularly arbitrate employment matters. To keep up to date on emerging legal developments, clients and contacts are welcome to join the group’s regular webinars on topical employment law issues.

    Contact David Dubberly, DDubberly@nexsenpruet.com or Deborah Catalano, deborah.catalano@akerman.com

  • Energy and Natural Resources

    Team Leader: Paul Heyburn

    Today’s energy market is dynamic and fraught with risk. Opportunities and threats to clients in the energy sector can come from anywhere in the world at any time. MI’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group comprises exceptional and specialist lawyers in 60 countries who use their collective strength, industry knowledge and global reach to keep clients informed of critical legal trends and issues.

    Contact Paul Heyburn. paulheyburn@mehaffyweber.com and Paul Rutisya rutisya@lawyer.co.ug

  • Environmental

    Team Leader: Brian J. Bergman

    Environmental issues demand local expertise, access to local consultants and experts and often in more than one jurisdiction. MI’s Environmental Practice Group is well placed to provide that expertise across 60 countries and all members offer access to the best local consultants and experts. Group members are experts in waste, air and water pollution, protection of wildlife and natural habitat. Many have received the highest possible peer and professional recognition and frequently work together across different jurisdictions.

    Contact Brian Bergman bbergman@bdgfirm.com

  • Estates and Trusts

    Estate and trust planning has rapidly moved beyond being a domestic matter and increasingly involves cross-border, often complex, issues that impact upon a growing number of people. At the same time, the arrival of digital assets presents uncharted challenges.

    MI’s Estates and Trusts group gives you access to an unrivalled collection of experts from the network’s 90 firms to advise on estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning, off-shore trusts, international tax planning and estate and trust litigation.

    Members can work globally on effective planning or dispute resolution.

    Contact Lorraine K Cavataio at lcavataio@sandbergphoenix.com or Natalie Payne on Natalie.Payne@mackrell.com

  • Family

    Team Leader: Alison Green

    Today’s family units take various formats and often have international needs. The MI Family Law Practice Group can be the first point of reference for all domestic and international family relationship needs. Choosing to work with an MI member gives you instant access to a network of global lawyers with a shared commitment to personal service. The group frequently works on cross border assignments including the preparation of pre and post marriage agreements where the parties to the union are seeking to protect assets at home and abroad and where such agreements need to be recognised and valid in more than one country. Members can advise on the most beneficial jurisdiction to issue divorce proceedings, the service of proceedings overseas, valuation of assets and enforcement of overseas judgments. The group is also experienced in protecting and enforcing children's rights often calling on connections to local counsellors, mediators and arbitrators. MI Family Group can access related global legal experts in corporate, property, pensions and tax.

    Contact Alison Green, alison.green@mackrell.com.

  • Global Privacy & Data Security

    Clients of all shapes and sizes anywhere in the world must comply with international data privacy legislation. MI’s Privacy & Data Security Practice Group comprises experts in data privacy laws of 60 countries who can advise on the implementation of global policies and programs, data transfers, data breach response, compliance and best practice, marketing and all aspects of electronic and mobile commerce.

    Contact Sheila Millar millar@khlaw.com or Tracy Marshall marshall@khlaw.com

  • Hospitality, Travel & Tourism

    Clients operating in the hospitality, travel and tourism sector are subject to complex legal duties and need advice from lawyers who understand their particular challenges. The MI Hospitality, Travel, & Tourism Group advises the full range of organisations in this sector on general operations, regulatory concerns, litigation, real estate development, labour and employment matters, corporate and commercial (including supply chain), antitrust issues, franchise agreements and personal injury.

    Contact Mary Alyce Cox maryalycecox@mehaffyweber.com

  • Immigration

    Team Leader: David Robinson

    While sovereign states constantly refine their definitions of who can enter a particular country and for what purpose, the national practice of immigration law has been transformed into a global compliance practice. MI’s Immigration Group works with clients to develop global migration plans by maximizing compliance with regulatory schemes and minimizing the time and effort involved in moving human capital around the world. Practitioners also advise on immigration issues arising from the significant increases in migration of family members, retirees, entrepreneurial investors, refugees and students. MI immigration lawyers are also consulted about on cross-border investments, acquisitions, joint ventures, tax, benefits, insurance, and other labour issues associated with the movement of individuals across national borders.

    Contact group leader David Robinson at drobinson@nexsenpruet.com

  • Insurance

    Team Leader: Joseph M. Donley

    The MI Insurance Practice Group represents insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers, financial advisers and underwriters all over the world in the full range of litigation matters in national, federal and state courts, alternative dispute resolution procedures, corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions), public and private financings, restructurings and reorganizations. A global reach across 60 countries with the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, cultural and political context, members can quickly advise on the legal issues facing the client and develop appropriate and effective strategies.

    Contact group leader Joe Donley - jdonley@clarkhill.com

  • Intellectual Property

    As intellectual property assets including patents, trademarks or copyrights have become increasingly tangible and therefore valuable to organisations, so has their protection, management and defence in the face of infringement. The MI Intellectual Property Practice Group is well placed to provide country and sector specific advice on the protection, management and defence of global IP in 60 countries.

    Contact W A Shashila shashila@ramrais.com

  • Litigation

    Team Leader: Gregory M. Bergman

    From resolving highly complex litigation challenges to routine business problems, MI’s formidable Litigation Practice Group advises clients on dispute resolution on a global and country specific scale. Many members are recognised by peers and leading authorities in their respective jurisdictions for excellence as civil litigators and trial lawyers in courts and tribunals throughout the world. Because of their expertise, the group holds regular client webinars on topical, often industry-focused, litigation issues.

    Contact Greg Bergman, gbergman@bdgfirm.com

  • M & A

    Team Leader: Keith Provins

    Clients choosing MI’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group benefit from access to a global team of corporate lawyers in 60 countries. Group members are specialists in their jurisdiction’s particular company and corporate finance laws relating to public and private ownership. Local knowledge means they also introduce local specialists. Members can also call upon expertise in related disciplines including competition, employment, banking, taxation and intellectual property.

    Contact Keith Provins keith.provins@mackrell.com

  • Real Estate

    Team Leader: Derek Austin

    From all aspects of multi-jurisdictional commercial property management to the buying and selling of residential properties, MI’s Real Estate Group offers experts on the ground in 60 countries. The group can advise on global or country specific matters in all real estate disciplines including acquisition and disposal, construction contracts, development, planning, tax, environment, investment, litigation, rentals and lettings.

    Contact Derek Austin Derek.Austin@mtg.uk.net

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  • Regulatory

    Clients seeking advice on meeting their country and global regulatory requirements can call upon the expertise of MI’s Regulatory Practice Group. The group includes experts in environmental law, food and drug law, telecommunications law, chemical control, health care, product safety, and competition law all across 60 countries. In the event of litigation, they are also experienced in defending regulatory prosecutions and can advise on the handling of public inquiries and investigations.

    Contact William Hicks williamhicks@mehaffyweber.com

  • Technology

    Team Leader: Pontus Sorlin

    In an industry changing at a rapid pace and with globalisation making it easy to market products worldwide, technology companies of all types and sizes need access to global cost-efficient legal advice. MI’s 200-strong Technology Practice Group specialises in all aspects of technology law and regulations affecting businesses based on technology including IT and telecoms, biotechnology, e-health and medical devices, food technology and manufacturing. Expertise in demand includes IP protection, patent litigation, privacy and data security, agreements and licensing issues. MI can help you find a local team in a specific country or, if faced with multi-jurisdictional issues, MI can quickly assemble an international legal team tailored to your business needs.

    Contact Pontus Sörlin, pontus.sorlin@garde.se

  • White Collar Crime

    Team Leader: Robert J. Ridge

    As business becomes increasingly international, laws increasingly extraterritorial and enforcers increasingly aggressive, clients can count on MI’s experienced and recognised defence counsel to meet the challenge. Whether your business is looking to create and deploy compliance plans, responding to government investigations or defending against criminal charges, Members of MI’s White Collar Crime Practice Group are experienced in all worldwide aspects of criminal, regulatory, compliance, governance and enforcement matters. Work includes cross-border evidence collection, tax matters, extradition, and anti-corruption measures. Local presence in 60 countries and 160 cities offers a distinct advantage and can improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

    Contact Robert Ridge, rridge@clarkhill.com