Bryan Cave LLP Expands International Tax and Intellectual Property Practices in Hamburg

ST. LOUIS – July 7, 2009 – – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced today that on Aug. 1, Philip Haleen and Iliana Haleen will join the firm’s Hamburg office as of counsel and counsel, respectively.

Philip will practice with the Franchise & Distribution Law, Private Client and Tax Advice and Controversy Client Service Groups. Iliana will practice with the Intellectual Property (IP) Client Service Group, and she will establish and lead a German IP practice for Bryan Cave.

Bryan Cave’s Hamburg office was established in 2007 and is led by Managing Partner Dr. Michael Leue. The office initially focused on commercial transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and now is expanding to include additional practice areas.

“With the addition of Philip and Iliana Haleen to our office in Hamburg, we are making great strides in expanding the scope of legal services we can offer clients directly from the Hamburg office,” said Bryan Cave Chairman Don Lents. “Philip and Iliana are widely regarded in their respective fields, and we are delighted to welcome them to our team.”

Philip concentrates on both international tax matters as well as franchise and distribution law. He also has experience with European treaty issues concerning distribution from an antitrust perspective. Additionally, Philip advises clients on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Philip originally built a traditional corporate and international tax practice, but it has evolved since he moved to Germany from the U.S. in 1982. Philip has been involved in establishing distribution systems, including franchise operations in Europe. He also has handled numerous product labeling issues and has participated in groups to formulate European Union (E.U.) safety standards and regulations.

Philip received his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. in 1971 from Stanford University.

Iliana has specialized in IP protection for more than 20 years. Her practice focuses on IP matters, with an emphasis on international trademark law and the management of international trademark portfolios. She represents many U.S. and European companies in IP matters in Germany and the E.U. She has built an international practice, which includes advising clients on their rights as IP holders under numerous international treaties. Iliana has extensive experience in the coordination of multinational IP cases with multilingual teams.

Iliana received her law degree in 1971 from Sofia University Faculty of Law.

Bryan Cave LLP ( has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other consulting professionals in 26 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

For more information, contact:
Meghan Clinton, (212) 576-2700 ext. 245

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