ACG International : A full service law firm
Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and is active around the globe. ACG’s Dutch and international attorneys and lawyers are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs.
How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:
We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. Our team consists of such professionals. Each of the professionals that will support you is a highly qualified with diverse legal background, experience in different jurisdictions and a strong client-oriented mindset. We use our professional and cultural differences to achieve one common goal, which is to serve our clients in achieving the most beneficial results. Our constant international exposure and expertise enabled us to create a worldwide network of professionals, which gives us access to have all the experience, knowledge and the people to resolve our clients’ most complicated challenges and legal disputes.
Our clients work internationally, and so do we.
We provide comprehensive legal support in commercial, corporate, employment, litigation, mediation, arbitration, data protection and privacy. Apart from the main focus areas, we are specialized in international trade and cross-border transactions, business in German-speaking countries, starting a project in Switzerland, entering a European market and other.
Why ACG International?
Our clients are our main priority. In our experience, the most beneficial results come from an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with our clients. For this reason, we heavily invest in understanding our clients’ values and needs, maintaining constant dialogue with them and always keeping them involved and updated on their cases. Such collaboration is fundamental to our success, as it helps us build long-term relationships with each of our clients based on trust and loyalty.
Our diverse experience and cultural background allow us to speak your language. Even though English is a universal business language and we can communicate real time with our business partners around the globe, cultural differences are often crucial in the outcome of negotiations and the success of your cross-border business relations. Our attorneys come from the most culturally diverse countries with different mentalities and sets of values. Combining our in-depth legal insights with innate knowledge of foreign cultures and their expectations, allows us to guide you through your cross-border business relations in the most effective, cautious and favorable way. In addition, we speak English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian.
Our broad international network provides global legal support.ACG International goes beyond a conventional team of attorneys. While our law firm consists of highly experienced practitioners, ACG International also provides each of our clients with a unique access to a broader network of professionals. We work side-by-side with attorneys from across the world, specialized in different jurisdictions, legal systems and areas of law, which allows us to assist our clients in the most profound way.
Our main areas of practice:
Our specialists have a deep understanding of how business works and what are its underlying principles. This allows us to guide our clients throughout the entire life cycle of their businesses, and assist them in navigating through any challenges. We also have an extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts: from negotiation to their termination. We look beyond the legal side of the problem, and take into account external variables to provide practical solutions and achieve the most beneficial outcomes for our clients. Additionally, we advise and litigate on a wide range of business disputes.
Attorneys at ACG International provide advice and assistance in a wide range of corporate law matters, such as corporate documentation, compliance, responsibility, restructuring, business operation agreements, and other aspects of your business. We effectively assist our clients in navigating the maze of legislation and advice on legal issues that have a possibility to impact their business. When litigation in unavoidable, our legal team will apply their broad expertise based on domestic and international corporate legislation and best world’s practices to offer solutions that are the most practical and beneficial.
Dutch employment law is an area that is constantly changing. Taking the very latest developments into account, ACG International attorneys counsel companies and individual employees on the wide aspects of their employment relationship, such as benefits, compensation, termination issues, discrimination and other issues. We provide practical and strategic advices not only on legal, but also on regulatory and market developments that may affect your business.
The peculiarity of our approach is a unique ability to combine knowledge of the Dutch employment law with international foreign elements. Therefore, in the world of fast growing cross-border employment, we are able to provide a quality advice to any company hiring a foreign employee, and vice versa. In case of litigation, our team is also equipped with an extensive experience in court representation, always aiming at the most beneficial outcome for our clients.
Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Our team consists of highly experienced litigators in a wide range of business disputes. We handle litigation of complicated disputes in national and international courts, where we fiercely defend our client’s interests in a wide variety of proceedings. We focus on developing the most pragmatic and effective strategies to ensure the protection of our clients and their businesses. When a dispute involves an international element, we are in a unique position to apply not only knowledge of local laws and procedures, but also our profound understanding of foreign legislation and legal systems.
Apart from the regular Dutch proceedings which are performed in Dutch only, our litigators can also act on your behalf at the newly established fully English procedure at the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) in Amsterdam. International, as well as Dutch companies, can opt for this court procedure fully performed in the English language. The NCC is a special court with dedicated judges who have expertise and experience in large commercial disputes. Disputes can be of any nature.
In addition to court proceedings, we also represent clients in arbitration, mediation and negotiation procedures and advice on ways to effectively terminate a dispute.
Data Protection & Privacy
ACG International works with highly proficient data protection and privacy specialist who can assist and advise you on compliance and best practices for data management.
Technology & Intellectual Property
ACG International can connect you with the best lawyers in the field of technology service focusing specifically on the various technological stages, from the first concept to the final execution of the earnings model: Concept development → Intellectual Property & Creation → To the market → Distribution → Capture & keeping the value. ACG International in cooperation with specialized lawyers assists many technology companies and are aware of the commercial aspects to be able to conclude the most complex deals. We do this both at a national and international level based on our external legal knowledge with solid internal legal experience.
Additional areas of practice:
Using our diverse background and understanding of different mentalities and cultures, our advisors are perfectly equipped to assist you in complex cross-border transactions. We uniquely possess both unique knowledge of cultural differences and hands-on practical experience in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Such combination allows us to skillfully navigate through the pitfalls of international business and contract negotiations, to help you avoid expensive misunderstandings and mistakes.
Starting a Project in Switzerland For Your Business
Our specialists are assisting businesses in obtaining the right working papers when your company has been commissioned for work to be performed in Switzerland. As a part of this service, our attorneys will provide you with an assistance in a proper preparation of applications for all 26 Cantons (each of which has its own forms, rules and language) and will guide you through regulation compliance to maximize your profit and minimize your risks. In addition to our long-term expertise, we also have permanent partners in Switzerland that can help you advise and support on the spot.
Business in German speaking countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland
ACG International provides advice on issues relating to labor, employment and corporate law, company establishment, execution of assignments, and reviewing and drafting agreements in German-speaking countries. Not only do our experts have over 15 years of experience in transactions between Dutch, German, Austrian and Swiss companies, at ACG International our experts have strong networks in each of these countries that can answer your more specific questions. Edith Nordmann, Managing Partner at ACG International, is a German 'native speaker' and therefore knows the important differences at first hand.
Apart from that, ACG International can handle your entire correspondence in German, both verbally and in writing. Even though most people in business speak English, communication in the native tongue is still highly appreciated and therefore a huge benefit in the German speaking countries. As a result communication will lead to an imminent real understanding, avoiding misunderstanding right from the start.
Entering the EU market
ACG International assists foreign business in penetrating the EU-market with a perfectly tailor-fitted legal structure. Our professionals will assess the most practical strategies for entering the EU market, avoiding common mistakes, and will assist you in navigating through legal framework of the company establishment, financial planning, registration, licensing and all additional steps.
Our main goal is to make sure that you are concentrated on your business, while we take care of the rest.