December 4, 2009


Section's India Chapter Will Hear from Global Experts on Business Opportunities
While Sharing Information with Colleagues from Across India

Building upon the success of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Bar Association International Section's new India Chapter in New Delhi last June, members of India's legal profession and business communities will come together next March for a conference that highlights India's emerging presence in the global economy. The meeting, scheduled to take place March 25-27, 2010 at the Taj Greenland Hotel in Mumbai, will explore various business and legal issues, including strategies for business investment in India and ways to promote corporate social responsibility.

"Expanding knowledge of business opportunities through the sharing of expertise from other nations is vital to lawyers and law firms who work in an increasingly interconnected world," said Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). "This conference in Mumbai will help the State Bar to build on its strong partnership with India's business entrepreneurs and leaders in the legal profession while also serving as a forum for attorneys from the U.S. and India to discuss a myriad of issues important to both countries. I want to thank the members of the International Section and the members of the new India Chapter for their steadfast commitment to cultivating close working relationships with our many legal and business colleagues abroad."

The panels at the meeting will consist of well-respected legal and business practitioners from New York, India and China. Among the topics to be discussed by presenters will be:

• Corporate Social Responsibility: Regulation, Governance and Money Laundering under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
• Strategies for Businesses Investing in India and the USA
• Alternate Dispute Resolution
• Infrastructure - The Emerging Landscape in India
• International Trusts and Estates Program and Taxation
• Emerging Areas of Practice in India
• Compliance and Trade Issues Affecting Multinationals - The Role of In-House Counsel
• Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
• Energy Issues: How Hungry is India?

Among the attendees scheduled to participate at the March meeting in Mumbai include New York State Bar Association President-Elect Stephen P. Younger (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP of New York City), current International Section Chair Michael W. Galligan (Phillips Nizer, LLP of New York City), incoming International Section Chair Steven C. Krane (Proskauer Rose, LLP of New York City), and Chair of the International Section's India Chapter Kaviraj Singh (Trustman & Co., New Delhi). James P. Duffy, III, past chair of the International Section and a co-chair for this meeting, also will attend.

"The India Chapter's upcoming meeting in Mumbai represents another excellent opportunity to learn about the current state of Indian and International law as well as exciting business opportunities from authoritative legal and corporate leaders," said Singh. "Our first meeting in New Delhi attracted more than 200 attorneys from across India, and I am confident that the expert panels we have assembled for this meeting will be sure to elicit even greater interest from a diverse range of attorneys and entrepreneurs. I look forward to working together with members of the State Bar and with my colleagues here in India to increase our ability to share resources and to collaborate on many future joint initiatives."

The India Chapter is one of the International Section's newest Chapters. The section has more than 50 Chapters around the world in countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Sweden and elsewhere.

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association is dedicated to the promotion of the international practice of law on all planes of international life - whether commercially or for the public good - and to the support of the rule of law throughout the world.  The section, which was founded in 1987, has about 2,200 members. While the majority of the section's members are admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, many members are licensed attorneys in other states of the United States or other countries. All licensed attorneys who are resident or non-resident members of the New York State Bar Association are invited to join the section.
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Founded in 1876, the 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.