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FIRM OF THE YEAR – CORPORATE IMMIGRATION
Expansion has been the buzzword once again in 2013 for Fragomen, with the opening of four offices in Zurich, Mexico City, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With the launch of these additional offices, the firm retains its position as the largest immigration practice.
|FRAGOMEN DEL REY BERNSEN & LOEWY|
|Corporate Immigration||34||Labour & Employment||1|
With a focus solely on immigration, our corporate immigration firm of the year has a wealth of knowledge encompassing legal, regulatory and policy matters. The firm’s global network is connected through the use of proprietary, immigration-specific technology and its resources and capabilities ensure that it maintains its competitive edge.
|Total Listings in WWL||35||Established||1951|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||2393|
|Number of partners||93||Number of offices||42|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The scale of Fragomen’s immigration practice allows the firm to provide a full range of immigration services, from investment visa services to compliance issues. In the New York office, Austin Fragomen Jr is a “dean” of the field and has testified multiple times before Congress on a range of immigration issues. Michael Patrick focuses his practice on risk management for global immigration programmes and is chair of the EB-5 working group committee.
In Atlanta, Daryl Buffenstein is a “terrific” individual with a “wealth of experience” in the immigration field. The wide scope of his practice earns him a feature in our management labour and employment edition also. Cynthia Lange leads the firm’s high-tech practice in California and is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. She is the “go-to” lawyer for a variety of business immigration matters including worldwide immigration compliance programmes.
In Texas, new addition Paige Taylor represents large corporate clients and focuses on matters such as the development and implementation of PERM labour certification programmes. Sources praise her “flexibility and attentiveness” in the cases she deals with. Fellow new partner Steven Ladik is a “first class” practitioner. He has developed a national sports industry practice and provides immigration-related counsel and representation to clients in a variety of sports.
Bo Cooper leads the firm’s government strategies and compliance group in Washington, DC and provides “top quality” advice to clients including companies, hospitals and research institutions.
Managing partner of the Australian and New Zealand practices Robert Walsh is “truly excellent”. He advises Australian and multinational companies and is also responsible for the firm’s compliance and litigation practices. Alex Paterson moved from the London to Perth office to continue her “first-class” immigration practice. She works closely with the other offices in Australia and assists companies in establishing and maintaining a global immigration programme.
Caron Pope is a “well-respected” partner in the London office. She has extensive experience in all categories of applications under the points-based system and has also represented business in lobbying exercises. Charlotte Slocombe heads the outbound team and is praised by clients for being “extremely switched on”.
In Johannesburg, Owen Davies assists global and international corporations in developing immigration strategy into South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. He is a “well-regarded” practitioner and an “expert” on sub-Saharan Africa immigration issues.
Federico Solis is responsible for the Latin America and Caribbean region from the Costa Rica office. He has “outstanding local knowledge” and his fields of expertise include designing compensation and benefit plans and employment and social security treatment for foreign workers.
In Shanghai, Becky Xia is responsible for the firm’s China practice and handles inbound visas and work permits. Former clients come from a variety of industry sectors including software, retail and manufacturing and she is noted for her “fantastic attention to detail”.
Fragomen participates in a wide range of pro bono activities across the globe in an effort to provide legal assistance to those in need, while also giving its lawyers the opportunity to develop human rights advocacy skills. The firm participated in a number of pro bono initiatives in 2013, including work for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance programme by the Irvine office and services provided to Doctors Without Borders in Boston.
DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY
In the firm’s US offices, more than 75 per cent of the employees are women and 25 per cent are minorities, and the firm continuously affirms its commitment to diversity in the workplace. As such, women and minority partners play a critical role in the firm’s executive committee. The firm also participates in a number of activities to support the local community. This includes regular participation in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, both in the US and elsewhere.
Fragomen shows no signs of letting up in terms of its growth strategy and additional offices are a likely prospect for the future. The firm plans to grow and expand as client needs dictate and it is anticipated that it will tap into key emerging jurisdictions in order to further enhance its global capabilities.
Fragomen is a leading immigration counselling and services provider worldwide, with more than 40 offices in key business destinations spanning all regions globally. The firm provides corporate immigration services to clients in a variety of industries, with an eye toward ongoing expansion into emerging markets worldwide. It leverages the depth and scale of its practice to evolve constantly in the field of global immigration services, and to maintain Fragomen’s position as the global immigration industry leader. At the foundation of this philosophy is a broader firm-wide commitment to ethical practices in each jurisdiction in which the firm operates. Fragomen partners with clients to provide the highest-quality immigration services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Fragomen’s services include strategic immigration analysis and case preparation, as well as programme management. At the most fundamental level, Fragomen works with clients to help them and their assignees obtain appropriate employment and resident status, make certain that documents issued by government authorities are accurate and correct, and maintain full compliance with increasingly complex rules, regulations and governmental policies worldwide.
As the foremost firm in the world focused exclusively on immigration legal and consulting services, Fragomen has extensive knowledge of best practices and industry trends, which it uses to create progressive and compliant immigration programmes for its clients. By designating a team of professionals for each specific client, Fragomen leverages the extensive talents and experience of its professionals and vast experience of its more than 2,400 immigration professionals and staff worldwide to provide customised and comprehensive immigration solutions to its clients. In addition, the firm has teams of professionals dedicated to specific immigration functions such as business visas, employment verification, document procurement, government strategies and compliance, and sourcing and analysing information on global immigration trends. The firm’s service delivery models are flexible, and can be tailored to meet each client’s individual needs.
Sydney: +61 2 8224 8555
Brussels: +32 (0) 2 550 1020
São Paulo: +55 11 5503 6732
Toronto: +1 416 504 3838
Beijing: +86 10 5123 5140
Frankfurt: +49 (0) 69 20 97 49 0
Hong Kong: +852 2151 2190
Bangalore: +91 80 4344 4744
Mexico City: +52 (55) 5955 4400
Wellington: +64 4 499 2080
Singapore: +65 6334 0766
Johannesburg: +27 (0) 11 684 9000
Zürich: +41 44 267 44 80
United Arab Emirates
Dubai: +971 4 446 6143
London: +44 (0) 20 3077 5000
New York: +1 212 688 8555
For a complete list of our offices, visit www.fragomen.com
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