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Our team is headed by the following principal attorneys:

David Laverty & Michael Hogg
Michael J. Hogg

LL.B.(hons) - Auckland University
LL.M. - London School of Economics, University of London
M.B.A. - University of Chicago

  • Admitted to practice in New Zealand (1968) and in Illinois (1974).

  • Lived and worked in Auckland, New Zealand, and in London, Paris and Geneva.

  • Senior in-house international counsel with Abbott Laboratories, as well as international practice with CF Industries, Inc. and the Gidwitz Group (including Helene Curtis, Continental Materials Corporation, Consolidated Packaging and private family businesses).

  • Honored by a Chicago technology publication as one of the top 100 people in Chicago's high tech economy (January, 2002).

  • Co-Chairman of the Illinois Biotechnology Association's (iBio) International Committee (and immediate past overall Chairman of iBio), Co-Founder of the Chicago Biotech Association (merged into iBio) and former co-chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's International Committee. Frequent speaker on international law and business topics, such as at biotech, life science and pharmaceutical seminars and meetings, Chicago's former "Crossing International Borders" conferences, consular briefings and U.S Department of Commerce events.

David A. Laverty

JD - The University of Michigan Law School
B.A. (magna cum laude) - Economics, The University of Michigan

  • Lived and worked in Seoul, Korea, as well as New York and Chicago.

  • Admitted to practice in Illinois (1984, current), New York (1985, not current) and Michigan (1994, not current).

  • Created international counsel role and directed international legal affairs for Kmart Corporation and its then-subsidiaries (including The Sports Authority and Borders Books and Music). International law firm practice has included Marks & Murase in New York (a predecessor firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP) and Lee & Ko in Seoul, Korea.

  • Officer and Director, Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago (as of January, 2008). Officer and Council Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) (2006 to present) and former Chair of the IPBA's International Trade Committee (2001 - 2004). Organizer and moderator of panel discussions at annual IPBA conferences in Seoul on Korea's foreign investment laws and free trade agreements in Asia (May, 2004), in New Delhi on agency and distribution agreements in Asia (February, 2003) and in Hong Kong on China's WTO accession and also on privacy and data protection in Asia (May, 2002).

  • Frequent speaker and moderator on foreign investment, trade and policy topics, including for the Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago (Co-Chair, 2008 middle market international conference and organizing and moderating roles for the 2007 conference), Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Chicago Bar Association and Atlas Legal (for which he co-chaired a June, 2004, International Business Agreements Conference at Chicago's Drake Hotel)

  • Publications and presentations include
    • Indian Company Acquisitions of US Companies (The Federation of Indian Export Companies, Mumbai, February, 2008)

    • US Company Acquisitions of Indian Companies (The International: Cross Border Transactions Bulletin, ACG Chicago, February, 2008)

    • Foreign Equity Investment in Indian Companies (The International: Cross Border Transactions Bulletin, ACG Chicago, February, 2007)

    • Web Site and e-Commerce Legal Issues in China (Localization Institute, San Francisco, March, 2006)

    • Commercial Agreements for Doing Business in China - Distribution and Manufacturing (Atlas Legal - New York, November, 2005)

    • Cross-Border Agency and Distribution Agreements (Atlas Legal and Chicago Bar Association - Toronto and Chicago, 2005)

    • Security Interests in Asia - Recovering Assets (Risk Management Association - Chicago, 2004)

    • Termination of Agency and Distributor Arrangements in the Asia-Pacific (IPBA - New Delhi Conference, 2003)

    • The WTO and the Internationalization of Legal Services - The Role of the In-House Counsel (WTO and Legal Services Symposium, Beijing, 2002)

    • Strategies for Conforming with Privacy Laws in Multiple Countries (IPBA - Hong Kong Conference, 2002)

    • Privacy and Data Protection Issues in Asia (e-Law Asia, June, 2001)

    • e-Commerce Regulation and Compliance in Asia (e-Commerce Law Report/e-Law Asia, 2000)

    • Japan Legal Updates on Computer, Telecommunications and Internet Developments (Asian Legal Briefing, 2000)

    • Korea Legal Updates on M&A, Labor, Japan Imports, Corporate Governance and Foreign Exchange Control (Asian Legal Briefing, 1999)

    • The Future of Lawyers in Asia and the Pacific Rim (IPBA - Bangkok Conference, 1999)

    • The Role of the In-House Counsel in Selecting Foreign Legal Counsel (IPBA - Kuala Lumpur Conference, 1997)

    • A U.S. Investor's Perspective on Foreign Investment in the Republic of Korea: Overcoming the Real and Perceived Barriers (American Bar Association, 1995)

    • Regulation and Liberalization of Imports and Foreign Investment and the Role of Trade Actions in the Republic of Korea (Michigan Journal of International Law, 1990)

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