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The aim of this podcast is to raise the awareness of legal professionals of the need for intercultural competence in their daily practice. Regardless of whether one works in a law firm, for a government agency, in a company, or as a sole practitioner, the globalized world in which we live requires us to interact with clients, colleagues, companies and government entities from other cultures. An awareness of our own cultural imprint along with the ability to recognize the cultural patterns of others can go a long way to improving how we work together. Listen to interviews with experienced legal professionals working in different capacities around the world to learn what tips they can give practitioners for improving how they work and communicate with other cultures in the legal context.

Latest Episodes

Episode 15 - Middle East - Interview with Kilian Baelz

Today's guest is Kilian Bälz. Kilian is based in Berlin and Cairo and is a partner with the firm Amereller Legal Consultants, a business law firm with 60 lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Kilian is a business lawyer who specializes in advising on transactions and disputes across the MENA region. He studied law and Middle Eastern studies at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, Damascus, Cairo (AUC) and London (SOAS). He has lived and worked in the region for many years. During our interview, Kilian shares with us his belief that the difference in corporate governance in the Middle East is the true challenge for people from other countries when doing business there. He observes that many companies in the Middle East are family-owned, so negotiations tend to take place through agents and have a different dynamic. It is not unusual that the decision maker is not present during the negotiation process. He also points out that personal interactions are more important ...

32 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Episode 15 - Middle East - Interview with Kilian Baelz

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano by Culturalxing

34 MIN2017 MAR 30
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Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Today I am happy to welcome Francesco Portolano as my guest. Francesco is based in Milan, Italy and is a name partner with the firm Portolano Cavallo, a leading boutique firm specializing in the digital, media and technology sectors. Portolano Cavallo also is expanding into the life sciences field. Francesco’s work focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and his expertise comes from many years advising international clients in the media sector. Francesco studied law in Italy and began practicing for an international firm in Rome. He then spent 3 years in Chicago, IL where he worked at a firm and studied for an LLM at the University of Chicago . His time in the US taught him a very pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to legal problems. He returned to Italy and started his firm 16 years ago. During our interview, Francesco shares his observations about how the ever-changing technology field challenges lawyers to come up with creative solutions to legal problems, as the legal framework...

34 MIN2017 MAR 30
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Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 13 - Legal Translation - Interview with Catherine Way

Today’s guest on the podcast is Catherine Way. Cathy works in a field related to the law, but she is not a legal professional. Cathy is a Senior Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada. She teaches translation students at the Bachelor and Masters levels, and her focus is on teaching legal translation. Cathy began her career as an interpreter; she is a native English speaker and studied French and Spanish. Over her career, she has been involved in translating and interpreting for people from many different countries. She not only teaches but is engaged in finding new and better ways to train translators for their real world jobs. She has engaged in projects teaming law students with translation students to look at how one ends up with the most reliably useful translations. During our interview, Cathy shares her observations about the most challenging parts of being a good legal translator: the laws are always changing, the large amount of background res...

30 MIN2017 MAR 9
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Episode 13 - Legal Translation - Interview with Catherine Way

Episode 12 - Turkey - Mehmet Gülerman

Today’s guest on the podcast is Mehmet Gülerman. Mehmet is a principle in his firm, Gülerman Law Office, based in Ankara, Turkey. His work focuses primarily on commercial law; he advises companies on business issues and represents them in commercial litigation. Mehmet also is a certified mediator. He studied law in Turkey and completed an LLM program on European law in the Netherlands. During our interview, Mehmet shares his observations about the influences of eastern and western cultures on Turkey’s culture, how the lack of a social consensus in Turkey impacts citizens’ views of rules/laws and their application, and the challenges that non-Turkish clients face when first doing business in the country. He also talks about the introduction of mediation in Turkey. While a mediation law has been in effect since 2013, cultural hurdles remain to convincing the local population to consider mediation for dispute resolution. At the end of our discussion, Mehmet gives us some tips abou...

43 MIN2017 FEB 16
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Episode 12 - Turkey - Mehmet Gülerman

Episode 11 - Sweden - Interview with Jan Holmius

Today’s guest on the podcast is Jan Holmius. Jan is a partner at a law firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. His work focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. He acts for private equity clients as well as corporations and other significant participants in the market. Jan has extensive experience with both cross-border transactions as well as domestic deals, and the matters he works on typically involve acquisitions, divestments, spin-offs, investments, mergers and other types of transactions bringing about structural change. Jan studied law in Sweden and in the US, and he had the opportunity to spend time working in both the US and Russia. During our interview, Jan shares his observations about how the Swedish style of consensus building can be challenging to clients and colleagues from other cultures during negotiations. He also gives insights into how the flatter structures in Swedish companies affect decision-making. At the end of our discussion, Jan gives us some tips about wo...

37 MIN2017 JAN 19
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Episode 11 - Sweden - Interview with Jan Holmius

Episode 10 - Technology Law - Interview with James S. DeGraw

Today’s guest on the podcast is James S. DeGraw. Jim is a partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. He practices corporate and technology law, a dynamic and constantly changing field. Jim studied law in the US and began his career in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray. Around 2007, he moved to Tokyo to open Ropes & Gray’s first foreign office. During the 5 years he stayed in Tokyo, Jim worked on matters that took him to many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, the PRC, and Korea. This experience taught him the importance of having good relationships with colleagues in other parts of the world who can help understand, separate and manage the variety of issues coming up in a global legal practice – business issues, cultural issues and legal issues After his time in Asia, Jim returned to the US and began working in the San Francisco office of Ropes & Gray. Jim regularly leads projects for US-based and international clients where technology, data or other IP assets are the key driv...

29 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Episode 10 - Technology Law - Interview with James S. DeGraw

Episode 9 - Brazil - Interview with Pedro Nunes

Today’s guest on the podcast is Pedro Marinho Nunes. Pedro is a partner in the law firm of Sergio Bermudes Advogados based in São Paolo, Brazil. After studying law in Brazil, Pedro began his career at Sergio Bermudes, which is a leading litigation firm in Brazil. He then went to the US for an LLM and remained for several years working at a law firm, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, and then at the World Bank. Pedro came back to Brazil where he spent many years working in various capacities as a lawyer in the financial industry at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Banco Itaú BBA. He returned to law firm practice in 2013 and advises many Brazilian clients and international clients with investments in Brazil. During our interview, Pedro shares his observations about the differences between legal education in the US and Brazil, how the amount of law firm associate exposure to clients varies and how different views about time affect communication with clients. At the end of our discussion, ...

32 MIN2016 NOV 10
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Episode 9 - Brazil - Interview with Pedro Nunes

Episode 8 - Colombia - Interview with Diana Sanclemente

Today I am happy to welcome my guest, Diana Sanclemente. Diana is a partner in the law firm of Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados S.A. based in Bogota, Colombia. Sanclemente Fernandez is a full service firm, and Diana’s practice includes assisting oil companies, mining companies and multinational corporations from the pharmaceutical industry with their investments and businesses in Colombia. Diana’s practice has her working with clients from Canada, the US, the Middle East and Europe. Diana studied law in both Colombia and the US, and she speaks Spanish, English and German. Her experiences with clients from around the world have given her great insights into framing legal advice to suit the background of the individual. At the end of our discussion, she gives us tips about doing business in Colombia.

27 MIN2016 OCT 20
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Episode 8 - Colombia - Interview with Diana Sanclemente

Episode 7 - Global Companies - Interview with Peter Y. Solmssen

Today I am happy to welcome Peter Solmssen to the podcast. Peter spent the first 17 years of his legal career at the US law firms of Ballard Spahr and then Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the German Practice Group. He then moved to the General Electric Company where he was the General Counsel of GE Plastics and then Vice President and General Counsel of GE Healthcare, based in London. In 2007, Peter moved to Germany to join the Managing Board of Siemens as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Peter’s roles at GE and Siemens involved working across the globe with teams of people across many time zones and cultures. During our conversation, he points out the importance of really listening to what is being said as sometimes there are truly “no words” or even comparable legal constructs that address the issue at the heart of the client or colleague’s concern. When asked about the role that culture plays in compliance, he shares some very unique observations about chan...

26 MIN2016 SEP 29
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Episode 7 - Global Companies - Interview with Peter Y. Solmssen

Latest Episodes

Episode 15 - Middle East - Interview with Kilian Baelz

Today's guest is Kilian Bälz. Kilian is based in Berlin and Cairo and is a partner with the firm Amereller Legal Consultants, a business law firm with 60 lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Kilian is a business lawyer who specializes in advising on transactions and disputes across the MENA region. He studied law and Middle Eastern studies at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, Damascus, Cairo (AUC) and London (SOAS). He has lived and worked in the region for many years. During our interview, Kilian shares with us his belief that the difference in corporate governance in the Middle East is the true challenge for people from other countries when doing business there. He observes that many companies in the Middle East are family-owned, so negotiations tend to take place through agents and have a different dynamic. It is not unusual that the decision maker is not present during the negotiation process. He also points out that personal interactions are more important ...

32 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Episode 15 - Middle East - Interview with Kilian Baelz

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano by Culturalxing

34 MIN2017 MAR 30
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Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Today I am happy to welcome Francesco Portolano as my guest. Francesco is based in Milan, Italy and is a name partner with the firm Portolano Cavallo, a leading boutique firm specializing in the digital, media and technology sectors. Portolano Cavallo also is expanding into the life sciences field. Francesco’s work focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and his expertise comes from many years advising international clients in the media sector. Francesco studied law in Italy and began practicing for an international firm in Rome. He then spent 3 years in Chicago, IL where he worked at a firm and studied for an LLM at the University of Chicago . His time in the US taught him a very pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to legal problems. He returned to Italy and started his firm 16 years ago. During our interview, Francesco shares his observations about how the ever-changing technology field challenges lawyers to come up with creative solutions to legal problems, as the legal framework...

34 MIN2017 MAR 30
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Episode 14 - Italy - Interview with Francesco Portolano

Episode 13 - Legal Translation - Interview with Catherine Way

Today’s guest on the podcast is Catherine Way. Cathy works in a field related to the law, but she is not a legal professional. Cathy is a Senior Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada. She teaches translation students at the Bachelor and Masters levels, and her focus is on teaching legal translation. Cathy began her career as an interpreter; she is a native English speaker and studied French and Spanish. Over her career, she has been involved in translating and interpreting for people from many different countries. She not only teaches but is engaged in finding new and better ways to train translators for their real world jobs. She has engaged in projects teaming law students with translation students to look at how one ends up with the most reliably useful translations. During our interview, Cathy shares her observations about the most challenging parts of being a good legal translator: the laws are always changing, the large amount of background res...

30 MIN2017 MAR 9
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Episode 13 - Legal Translation - Interview with Catherine Way

Episode 12 - Turkey - Mehmet Gülerman

Today’s guest on the podcast is Mehmet Gülerman. Mehmet is a principle in his firm, Gülerman Law Office, based in Ankara, Turkey. His work focuses primarily on commercial law; he advises companies on business issues and represents them in commercial litigation. Mehmet also is a certified mediator. He studied law in Turkey and completed an LLM program on European law in the Netherlands. During our interview, Mehmet shares his observations about the influences of eastern and western cultures on Turkey’s culture, how the lack of a social consensus in Turkey impacts citizens’ views of rules/laws and their application, and the challenges that non-Turkish clients face when first doing business in the country. He also talks about the introduction of mediation in Turkey. While a mediation law has been in effect since 2013, cultural hurdles remain to convincing the local population to consider mediation for dispute resolution. At the end of our discussion, Mehmet gives us some tips abou...

43 MIN2017 FEB 16
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Episode 12 - Turkey - Mehmet Gülerman

Episode 11 - Sweden - Interview with Jan Holmius

Today’s guest on the podcast is Jan Holmius. Jan is a partner at a law firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. His work focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. He acts for private equity clients as well as corporations and other significant participants in the market. Jan has extensive experience with both cross-border transactions as well as domestic deals, and the matters he works on typically involve acquisitions, divestments, spin-offs, investments, mergers and other types of transactions bringing about structural change. Jan studied law in Sweden and in the US, and he had the opportunity to spend time working in both the US and Russia. During our interview, Jan shares his observations about how the Swedish style of consensus building can be challenging to clients and colleagues from other cultures during negotiations. He also gives insights into how the flatter structures in Swedish companies affect decision-making. At the end of our discussion, Jan gives us some tips about wo...

37 MIN2017 JAN 19
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Episode 11 - Sweden - Interview with Jan Holmius

Episode 10 - Technology Law - Interview with James S. DeGraw

Today’s guest on the podcast is James S. DeGraw. Jim is a partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. He practices corporate and technology law, a dynamic and constantly changing field. Jim studied law in the US and began his career in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray. Around 2007, he moved to Tokyo to open Ropes & Gray’s first foreign office. During the 5 years he stayed in Tokyo, Jim worked on matters that took him to many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, the PRC, and Korea. This experience taught him the importance of having good relationships with colleagues in other parts of the world who can help understand, separate and manage the variety of issues coming up in a global legal practice – business issues, cultural issues and legal issues After his time in Asia, Jim returned to the US and began working in the San Francisco office of Ropes & Gray. Jim regularly leads projects for US-based and international clients where technology, data or other IP assets are the key driv...

29 MIN2016 DEC 1
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Episode 10 - Technology Law - Interview with James S. DeGraw

Episode 9 - Brazil - Interview with Pedro Nunes

Today’s guest on the podcast is Pedro Marinho Nunes. Pedro is a partner in the law firm of Sergio Bermudes Advogados based in São Paolo, Brazil. After studying law in Brazil, Pedro began his career at Sergio Bermudes, which is a leading litigation firm in Brazil. He then went to the US for an LLM and remained for several years working at a law firm, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, and then at the World Bank. Pedro came back to Brazil where he spent many years working in various capacities as a lawyer in the financial industry at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Banco Itaú BBA. He returned to law firm practice in 2013 and advises many Brazilian clients and international clients with investments in Brazil. During our interview, Pedro shares his observations about the differences between legal education in the US and Brazil, how the amount of law firm associate exposure to clients varies and how different views about time affect communication with clients. At the end of our discussion, ...

32 MIN2016 NOV 10
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Episode 9 - Brazil - Interview with Pedro Nunes

Episode 8 - Colombia - Interview with Diana Sanclemente

Today I am happy to welcome my guest, Diana Sanclemente. Diana is a partner in the law firm of Sanclemente Fernandez Abogados S.A. based in Bogota, Colombia. Sanclemente Fernandez is a full service firm, and Diana’s practice includes assisting oil companies, mining companies and multinational corporations from the pharmaceutical industry with their investments and businesses in Colombia. Diana’s practice has her working with clients from Canada, the US, the Middle East and Europe. Diana studied law in both Colombia and the US, and she speaks Spanish, English and German. Her experiences with clients from around the world have given her great insights into framing legal advice to suit the background of the individual. At the end of our discussion, she gives us tips about doing business in Colombia.

27 MIN2016 OCT 20
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Episode 8 - Colombia - Interview with Diana Sanclemente

Episode 7 - Global Companies - Interview with Peter Y. Solmssen

Today I am happy to welcome Peter Solmssen to the podcast. Peter spent the first 17 years of his legal career at the US law firms of Ballard Spahr and then Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the German Practice Group. He then moved to the General Electric Company where he was the General Counsel of GE Plastics and then Vice President and General Counsel of GE Healthcare, based in London. In 2007, Peter moved to Germany to join the Managing Board of Siemens as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Peter’s roles at GE and Siemens involved working across the globe with teams of people across many time zones and cultures. During our conversation, he points out the importance of really listening to what is being said as sometimes there are truly “no words” or even comparable legal constructs that address the issue at the heart of the client or colleague’s concern. When asked about the role that culture plays in compliance, he shares some very unique observations about chan...

26 MIN2016 SEP 29
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Episode 7 - Global Companies - Interview with Peter Y. Solmssen
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