Amsterdam & Partners LLP is a leading international law firm providing strategic counsel to corporations and individuals operating in politically challenging and crisis-prone environments.
The firm offers a unique and multi-disciplinary approach in cases featuring political and extra-legal aspects, relying on decades of experience working with top ranking CEOs, heads of state, and leading corporate champions in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. With a reputation as tenacious corporate counsel focused on proactive crisis prevention strategies, Amsterdam & Partners LLP provides its clients with a full spectrum of dispute resolution services with the aim of tackling complex issues in some of the most difficult global jurisdictions.
A global team of international lawyers and specialists based in Washington DC and London
Many law firms claim to do international law, but there are very few who have spent the time on the ground in the countries in which Amsterdam & Partners is engaged. Our global team includes leading world specialists in crisis law and litigation, crisis and risk management, corporate foreign policy and human rights. Our specialists have delivered effective international white-collar defense and international arbitration in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in Guatemala, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and Zambia. With our experience in managing, litigating and arbitrating disputes, and through our team and its extensive global network of top experts, we rapidly establish “virtual firms” of experts to proactively manage disputes and crises before they become shocks, damaging the reputation and/or negatively impacting the bottom line of businesses.
In addition to multi-jurisdictional legal services, Amsterdam & Partners LLP also has a team dedicated to political advocacy, media relations and big data analytics, complementing the legal strategy with an expanded capacity to move the case in the public domain.
Experience with high profile, politically sensitive matters
Founding partner Robert Amsterdam is a leader in international crisis law and has been defending and advising leading corporations and governments leaders for 37 years. Past clients include Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of Russia’s most famous former political prisoners and now a leading opposition figure and philanthropist. The firm also lead a high-stakes dispute with the Venezuelan government, and successfully freed their client from a political motivated incarceration. Robert has represented numerous mining and extractive industry companies when facing expropriation, intervention, and harassment by governments, and has also represented corporations such as the Four Seasons Resort and Hotels Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2010, the firm was appointed by the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, to defend members of the Red Shirt pro-democracy movement, resulting in an appeal to the International Criminal Court concerning crimes against humanity committed by the Thai Army. He has also served as counsel to prominent political leaders and activists such as Dr. Chee Soon Juan in Singapore and the former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda. Shortly before the 2016 attempted coup d’état, the Republic of Turkey hired Robert Amsterdam and Amsterdam & Partners LLP team to investigate into the activities of the organization led by the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen.
An Award-Winning International Law Firm
Amsterdam & Partners LLP is currently providing crisis law and risk management counsel to corporations and high level decision makers in Nigeria, Zambia, Guinea, South Africa, Guatemala, Brazil, Russia just to name a few.
In 2013, the team was awarded the Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award from American Lawyer after winning a case on behalf of Dr. Georges Tadonki, who was wrongfully dismissed from the United Nations after blowing the whistle on United Nations’ complicity in atrocities in Zimbabwe. Another prominent pro bono cause is Amsterdam’s representation of Stephan Templ, a Jewish historian and activist who had been jailed by the Austrian government under highly controversial circumstances.