The Managing Director of the firm, Mr. George Gellis, took part in the Annual Tell Awards Celebration to honor U.S. Companies that have successfully entered the European Market from operations based in Switzerland. The ceremony was organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, Swiss Consulate in New York and Swiss Trade & Investment Promotion Agency. The ceremony was opened by the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Mr. Manuel Sager.read more
OUR FIRM IS PROUD TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITS PARTICIPATION AND SPONSORSHIP OF THE “SPECIAL CARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS” PROJECT OF THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATIONGeorge A. Gellis February 20, 2013
Our Firm is proud to acknowledge its participation and sponsorship of the “Special Care for Special Needs” project of the Russian American Dental Association. Representatives of the firm participated in the Gala Benefit that took place on February 20, 013 at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, New York. This new project of RADA is designed to educate medical and dental professionals as well as general public about the specifics of medical and dental care of the people with various disabilities and improve access to such care for patients. The portion of the proceeds of the Gala benefited the special needs clinic at Tel Aviv School of Dental Medicine, Israel.read more
Ever since the first international Bilateral Investment Treaty was signed between Pakistan and Germany in 1959, the importance and the number of these treaties has grown exponentially. Today, BITs form an important cornerstone of international commerce and the framework of international investments. These treaties assure nationals and companies registered in the participant-nations of fair and equitable treatment, no discrimination, no expropriation without fair compensation, and free transfer of funds – all of which are critical for the expansion of multi-national businesses and investments into the developing areas of commerce and regions. BITs also provide comprehensive protection against nationalizations and harmful national regulations for international investors, as well as for claims of individual companies against a State where investment are made and access to neutral arbitration forums. Most importantly, results in arbitral awards are globally enforceable.
This forum provided a great venue for pragmatic and dynamic discussion of investment strategies and structuring of complex ventures in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (former republics of the USSR) and Eastern European Countries.
On November 9 through 11, 2012, our Firm sponsored and took part in a Joint National Conference of the Russian-American Medical Association, the Russian-American Dental Association and the Russian-American Scientific Association that took place in Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia. Attorneys of the Firm made several presentations to the participants of this conference, including those addressing issues related to the Medical Association’s collaboration with doctors and hospitals in the Russian Federation, international medical missions, as well as most critical regulatory compliance issues facing medical practitioners in the United States.
Our Firm also sponsored the Annual Concert/Gala benefitting the Oral Cancer and Smoking Cessation Campaign and Russian-American Medical missions that took place on November 10, 2012 at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The Firm was honored for this opportunity to support this important event and thankful to its participants for providing much-needed funds for the important charitable causes.
Attorneys of the Firm are completing the first stage of a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as amended (UNCLOS III), as well as the framework of earlier international conventions as they apply to the development of natural resources on the continental shelf and the outer continental shelf of various nations. In a close collaboration with our colleagues from Canada, the Netherlands and Norway, this overview provides a practical manual of the international regulations concerning exploitation of the continental resources, as well as applicability of the most prevalent customs regulations to the projects undertaken on the continental shelf and outer continental shelf of the near-Arctic nations.read more
GELLIS & ASSOCIATES HOSTS A WORKSHOP ON STRATEGIES FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS USING MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATE STRUCTURESGeorge A. Gellis August 2, 2012
Over the past several years, partially due to the rapid growth of international commerce and partially as a result of the economic and financial crisis experienced by many developed nations, legislation involving direct invest in other countries became increasingly restrictive and complex . At the same time, the legislation of some jurisdictions became increasingly favorable towards facilitating investments in third counties. Discussions at the workshop provided participants with examples of various structures that offer investors protection under certain international Bilateral Investment Treaties and provide for dynamic business opportunities.read more
GELLIS & ASSOCIATES HOSTS A WORKSHOP ON DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTORS, TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS OF NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR ITS CLIENTSGeorge A. Gellis June 14, 2012
As New York State and Federal laws affecting directors and officers of not-for-profit organizations have dramatically changed over the last years, resulting in no charitable immunity for those involved in benevolent and charitable activities. Today, directors and officers of not-for-profit organizations are generally held to the same legal standards of conduct as directors and officers of business corporations. While oftentimes such directors, trustees and officers are volunteers, they are directly responsible for overseeing programs, finances, employees, and the vision of the not-for-profit organizations they serve. It is absolutely imperative that directors, trustees and officers receive comprehensive orientation from their board leadership, learning valuable information about the organization’s corporate structure, its operations, and expectations for their service. Participation without such understanding of legal realities may inadvertently result in great harm to organizations and personal liability. This workshop provided clients who are members of the boards of directors and boards of trustees, as well as officers of charitable organizations with detailed instructions as to the current state of the laws and their duties and responsibilities to their organizations.read more
Gellis & Associates announces that later this year it will be joined by Mr. John Zincani, Esq., a prominent international trade and U.S. Customs compliance attorney, as of counsel to the Firm. Mr. Zincani will be participating in several large scale international projects currently handled by the Firm and will concentrate on providing Customs and international trade advice to the Firm’s clients. Please see Attorneys’ Bio page for more detailed information about Mr. Zincani and his expertise.read more
Our Firm is proud to be corporate counsel to the Board of Directors of the Russian American Dental Association (RADA) and its members since its formation in 2002. This year RADA will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York City together with the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, which will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Our Firm is one of the lead sponsors of this event and we look forward to taking part in the upcoming festivities and to joining our clients and members of the medical and dental community on this occasion.read more
In November, representatives of G&A participated in the Inaugural Meeting of the RADA Student Chapter in New York City. Following the introduction by President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of RADA, Dr. R. Sumareva, Mr. Gellis addressed students of the New York University Scholl of Dentistry and discussed with them goals and organizational issues of the new Student Chapter and wished the new Chapter and its members success in all of their future endeavors.read more