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“Beyond Policy: The Practical Realities of Russia-Ukraine-US Commercial Transactions and Litigation”

September 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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Speaker: Max Chester, litigation partner with Foley & Lardner LLP

Commercial entities operating across international borders face a number of legal and cultural hurdles. American companies negotiating with partners in Russia or Ukraine not only need to navigate the laws of those countries, but they are also obliged to follow US commercial law, including the Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Major on-the-ground differences in accepted business practices and commercial transactions represent potential pitfalls for clients working under a dual legal framework. Likewise, businesses in East Europe seek out commercial litigators familiar with US law to protect their interests here. In this talk, Chester discusses the complexities of representing US clients abroad and foreign clients in the US, the practicalities of protecting clients’ legitimate interests amid systemic corruption, and how the FCPA is being enforced in the current political environment.

Max Chester is a litigation partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work focuses on the litigation and arbitration of domestic and international commercial business disputes and government enforcement actions in the areas of insurance and reinsurance, financial fraud, securities enforcement, and the FCPA. Chester is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, and has experience representing clients in commercial transactions in Russia and Ukraine, as well as representing East European entities in courts and arbitral tribunals in the U.S. He is a 2001 graduate of Marquette University Law School and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

*Please note this lecture takes place at Lubar Commons (Room 7200) in the Law School.


September 27, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Lubar Commons (Room 7200), Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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