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Bruce Marks speaks at the Developing And Financing International Business Opportunities event at The Broad Street Capital Group, Penn Club New York, New-York

Bruce Marks speaks at the Developing And Financing International Business Opportunities event at The Broad Street  Capital Group, Penn Club  New York, New-York

On November 14, 2013 The Broad Street Capital Group as part of its Fluent in Foreign Financing series, organized this invitation only event that offered detailed look at the development and financing of several exclusive international projects and business case studies ranging from $15 million to over $350 million in value. The event was held at the famed Penn Club of New York. The goal of this conference is to educate US companies and professionals on how to develop and finance business opportunities internationally.

Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, made a presentation “Arbitration v. Litigation: How best to speak foreign when disputes arise”.

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Bruce Marks, Esq., Speaks at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association during the International Law Weekend, New-York

October 24-26, 2013, New-York: Bruce Marks, Esq., Speaks at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association during the International Law Weekend.
Marks spoke as part of a panel titled “American Legal Imperialism? The Explosion in Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law”. The moderator Bruce W. Bean, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law, Committee Chair, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Committee, ABILA, and the panel focused on two of the most controversial areas of extraterritoriality – the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Bruce Marks made a presentation “The Broad Jurisdiction Of The United States Over Civil Cases Involving Racketeering”
Bruce S. Marks, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, has a substantial litigation practice in the United States and internationally and is particularly experienced in prosecuting civil claims under the U.S. Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”), which provides for the recovery of treble damages and attorney fees. The firm has litigated some of the largest RICO cases in the United States based on fraud and other misconduct arising from commercial matters in Russia, including disputes in the aluminum, diamond, oil, and titanium sectors.

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Bruce Marks Speaks at Russian Legal Symposium Organized by US-Russia Business Council

Bruce Marks Speaks at Russian Legal Symposium Organized by US-Russia Business Council

On February 26, 2009 U.S.- Russian Business council organized legal conference “Russia: From Legal Nihilism to Rule of Law”. The conference was held in Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The delegates discussed situation with courts in Russia, on-going issues related to litigation and arbitration in Russia, impact of the economic crisis and the legal outcomes of the Russian bailout, as well as the implications of new Central Bank regulations and the possibility of currency controls, burning intellectual property law issues, anti-corruption legislation, impact of FCPA and issues of conformity and insights into best practices.

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Bruce Marks, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, made a presentation “Realities of the Russian Legal System: Judicial Corruption in Russia, Arbitration in Russia, Service of Process on Russian Defendants in US Proceedings”

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Attorney Bruce Marks Speaks at White Nights Legal Forum

June 1-3, 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia: Bruce Marks, Esq., managing director of international law firm Marks & Sokolov, spoke at the White Nights Legal Forum, a legal conference which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Marks spoke as part of a panel titled “Delivery Models for Trans-Border Legal Practice in the CIS Economic Area.” His presentation, “Cooperation Between Firms With Offices in Russia, Ukraine, and Other CIS Countries,” described how smaller law firms, like Marks & Sokolov, can coordinate complex matters, utilizing a strategic approach in close cooperation with efficient local counsel in various jurisdictions.

The founder and managing member of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, attorney Bruce Marks is an expert on commercial legal matters between the West and the former Soviet Union. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, U.S. Federal District Courts in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Marks earned his J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an L.L.M. from the University of Cambridge, England.

Bruce Marks, of Marks & Sokolov LLC, Presents at 5th Siberian Legal Forum in Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia, March 22-24: Attorney Bruce Marks, founder and managing partner of international law firm Marks & Sokolov, presented at the 5th Siberian Legal Forum. The forum took place in Novosibirsk, Russia, and was attended by representatives of 53 companies throughout Russia. The first presentation centered around the experiences of Marks & Sokolov as lead counsel coordinating complex international litigation in arbitrations around the world, and was entitled “Cooperation Between Law Firms in Complex International Litigations and Arbitrations.” The second presentation from Bruce Marks, “Law Firm and its Employees,” gave insight into law firms as organizations, its employees, and the intricacies involved in running a Western law firm, including headhunting and management of human resources. The founder and managing member of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, attorney Bruce Marks is an expert on commercial legal matters between the West and the former Soviet Union. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, U.S. Federal District Courts in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Marks earned his J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an L.L.M. from the University of Cambridge, England.

Bruce Marks, Esq., Speaks at Legal Forum in Russia About Managing Inter-Regional & International Legal Projects

Philadelphia, PA, October 2011: Bruce Marks, Esq., founder of international law firm Marks & Sokolov LLC, was a speaker at the Legal Forum for the South of Russia. The purpose of the event was to maintain the dialogue among the leading law firms in various regions of Russia. The event took place from Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2011, in Sochi, the venue for the next winter Olympics.

Marks was a featured speaker for the session titled “Management of the Inter-Regional & International Legal Projects: Whether the Size of the Firm Matters.” He spoke about the role of Marks & Sokolov in managing big international transactional and litigation projects and putting together teams of lawyers located in various jurisdictions. Marks shared Marks & Sokolov’s extensive experience as a coordinating firm/lead counsel.

The founder and managing member of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, attorney Bruce Marks is an expert on commercial legal matters between the West and the former Soviet Union. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, U.S. Federal District Courts in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Marks earned his J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an L.L.M. from the University of Cambridge, England.

Marks & Sokolov Hosts Russian Ambassador to USA in Philadelphia

His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak to speak at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia in October.

Philadelphia, PA, October 2011: International law firm Marks & Sokolov and The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia are pleased to host Russian Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, to deliver a talk on October 19th 2011 at 6pm in Philadelphia. With presidential elections in both Russia and the USA in 2012, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s insights come at an important time.

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is one of the top speaking forums in the United States. Almost every American President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush has appeared. In recent years, the Presidents of Mexico and Pakistan have also spoken. This year, the Council has hosted talks from the Ambassadors of Ireland, Monaco, Iraq, and Germany.

At his talk on October 19th, the Russian Ambassador is likely to discuss the significance of strong bilateral relations between Russia and the United States on policy areas such as international terrorism, arms control and nuclear non-proliferation, dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, global energy security, and boosting economic ties at a time of global financial instability.

Membership of the Council includes a dynamic mix of business and community leaders, educators and students.

Marks & Sokolov law firm is pleased to be coordinating this important visit. With law offices in Philadelphia and Moscow, the firm facilitates business between the USA, Russia and the CIS with detailed operating knowledge of law and litigation in these countries.

The event is open to the public. Reservations are required at www.wacphila.org or 215-561-4700. It will be held at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, 220 South 17th St., Philadelphia.

Bruce Marks to Speak at US-Russia Business Council Legal Forum in London

Philadelphia, PA, May 18, 2011: Leading law firm, Marks & Sokolov, is pleased to announce Managing Director, Bruce S. Marks, will moderate a prestigious panel at the 3rd US Russia Business Council Legal Forum. A world leader in US, Russian and Ukrainian law and litigation, Bruce S. Marks brings a unique and important perspective to the forum.

Taking place in London on June 9th, 2011, the forum will gather the world’s leading practitioners in US Russian commercial legal matters. Bruce S. Marks will moderate a panel entitled ‘Legal Reform and the Courts in Russia’.

It’s more than two years since President Medvedev decried the state of ‘legal nihilism’ in Russia. The panel will discuss any substantive progress this reform effort has made, the status of the Russian legal system today, and how Russian standards compare with Western standards in regard to legislation and the courts.

Bruce S. Marks will be joined by William Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London; Thomas Firestone, Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Embassy Moscow; and Vladimir Pastukhov, Advisor to the Chairman, Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

Bruce S. Marks’ participation further consolidates the reputation of Marks & Sokolov as one of the world leaders in US, Russian and Ukrainian law and litigation.

Bruce Marks is available for interview.

Sergey Sokolov Attends Меdvedev-Obama Meeting with Russian Business Leaders in Moscow

Sergey Sokolov from Moscow Office of Philadelphia Based Law Firm Marks & Sokolov Attends July 7th Moscow Business Summit. Senior Business Leaders Gathered to Consult with Presidents Obama and Medvedev Over Governmental Action Needed to Spur Trade and Investment. Philadelphia, PA July 21, 2009 – Sergey Sokolov, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov’s Moscow office, and well-versed in knowledge of American and Russian law, attended the Moscow Business Summit, held July 7th, 2009 at Moscow’s historic Manezh exhibition hall. Co-organized by AmCham Russia, the US Chamber of Commerce and a number of other groups, the goal of the event was to offer guidance to the American and Russian governments to increase business between the two countries. “The Summit was an excellent opportunity to both reset the recently strained Russian-American relationship, while promoting our mutual interests in increasing business between our two countries” cited Sergey Sokolov. “With Presidents Medvedev and Obama as Co-Chairmen of the new U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission, it should act as a key mechanism for reaching consensus on important issues.” Maintaining an office in Moscow, international law firm Marks & Sokolov continually monitors the legal and business climates that may affect its clients. “The Moscow Business Summit addressed important topics that any companies doing business between the United States and Russia need to understand” continued Sokolov. “Modernization of export control recommendations, the cancellation of outdated regulations and impediments to the development of mutual investment were discussed.” The firm’s Russian law office gives Marks & Sokolov a greater ability to monitor and react to developments in these and many other areas. Presidents Obama and Medvedev were both particularly engaged during the conversation. Presentations included a summary of thoughts from business leaders from both countries and Mr. Obama referred to one in his address to the gathering. With such an assembly of esteemed business and political leaders, not to mention their combined levels of concentration, any international litigator interested in U.S. – Russian business should have been in attendance; “It would be in their clients best interests” concluded Sergey Sokolov.

Marks & Sokolov International Law Firm Sponsors Adam Smith Conference’s 6th Annual Russian Real Estate Summit

Summary: Marks & Sokolov international law firm sponsors the Adam Smith Conference’s 6th Annual Russian Real Estate Summit, featuring a keynote address by Donald Trump, Jr.

The Marks & Sokolov international law firm, which handles issues ranging from real estate, complex litigation, corporate governance and immigration in the United States, Russia and Ukraine, is sponsoring the Adam Smith Conference’s 6th Annual Russian Real Estate Summit at the Marriot Grand Hotel in Moscow June 2 to 5.

Presented as, “The most prestigious and influential real estate conference in Russia,” the summit teaches strategies for success in the largest real estate market in Europe.

Bruce Marks and Sergei Sokolov, the managing directors of the Marks & Sokolov international law firm, are honored to be sponsoring this prestigious event, at which Mr. Sokolov will be delivering a prominent presentation in the Russian Legislative Reforms Session on legal aspects optimization to effectively structure, arrange and manage deals in the real estate and construction market in Russia. ”We are pleased to take a leading role in this conference in Russia, where we have closed over $1 billion in transactions over the past two years. The Russian real estate market is booming and this conference is a must for investors and developers interested in participating in its unprecedented growth.”

The Adam Smith Conference’s 6th Annual Russian Real Estate Summit features a keynote address by Donald Trump, Jr., as well as presentations by some of the top CEOs of Russian and Western real estate firms.

To register for the conference, go to www.adamsmithconferences.com/php/register.php. To learn more about the Marks & Sokolov international law firm, which has offices in Moscow, Russia, and Kyiv, Ukraine, go to www.marks-sokolov.com.