HCLA members put their expertise in law, international business, and technological awareness into practice for the benefit of the clients by offering legal services in areas revolving around:
Investment & Tailor-Made Contracts
HCLA assists its clients to achieve their business objectives and articulate their commitments, and intentions in national, regional or international transactions as well as cross-border joint venture, foreign direct investment initiatives, partnership agreements, engineering-procurement-construction-financing agreements (EPCF), standard procurement contracts, merger and acquisition agreements (whether share or asset purchases) and accompanied legal and business strategies customized for the client’s interests. HCLA’s expertise in these fields allows for swift reaction to curve-balls thrown at the client by its opposing party, as well as performing its duties to the professional quality expected by the client.
Before putting legal and business intent down on paper, the parties undertake verbal negotiations. To this extent, the HCLA offers its services and expertise to negotiate on behalf of the client to achieve the most opportune outcome. A well established rule in negotiations is to leave the room with both parties feeling they have achieved a favorable outcome, and this rule is a core principle of the HCLA, as it breeds further business collaborations down the trodden path.
Despite the HCLA’s focus resting on ADR methods, its members are composed of nationally qualified practitioners, and if the situation calls for it, are permitted to advise clients and represent them in traditional national court proceedings. If on the other hand the client requires representation in a jurisdiction not covered by our expertise, the HCLA-NETWORK has internal and external connections to such qualified individuals.
European Union Law
HCLA’s members are fully versed in EU law and procedure. To this extent HCLA is capable of providing legal services that entail the diffusion of EU law (Directives, Regulations, Notices, policies and more), as well as to provide case management and representation before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
In terms of company law, despite priority pointing to national law, when setting up business in the EU, it is extremely important that a natural or legal person consult legal advisors versed in the EU regulations and compliance as well. Running into EU law issues halfway through the business venture is a very sour point, and consultation with the HCLA on such matters is a tried and tested remedy.
Intellectual Property Law
When faced with protecting the proprietary interests of your business, intellectual property rights (IPRs) must be considered. Without the requisite trademark, copyright, patent, or any other of the numerous IPRs, you may run into a commercial wall sooner than later. Not every business has the capacity of Coca-Cola to keep its recipe a complete secret, and to this extent IPRs step in to protect and shield you from IPR infringements by other businesses operating in the same market as you.
As part of our due diligence services, HCLA offers advise on IPRs, whether in the national, regional, or international sphere of protection. We advise you on the best method of protection, the procedural steps that must be undertaken, the costs associated with such filings, and the time it would take on average before you are fully protected.
Sport Laws and Arbitration
HCLA-NETWORK provides its clients with legal consultation on sports-related issues and represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS), FIFA Player’s Status Committee and Dispute Resolution Chamber, FIFA Disciplinary Committee, and the FIFA Ethics Committee.