Amsterdam & Partners LLP provides international counsel to individual and corporate clients operating in challenging international 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 high-profile clients. With a reputation as tenacious counsel with a creative tactical approach and a keen strategic eye, 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 jurisdictions around the world.
Amsterdam & Partners LLP has a team of specialists in international white-collar defence and international arbitration with vast experience of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. With our experience in managing, litigating and arbitrating disputes, and through our team and its extensive network, we are able to put together “virtual firms” of the top minds in their fields to handle disputes and crises under the best possible representation within local and international law.
In addition to multi-jurisdictional legal services, Amsterdam & Partners LLP also has a team dedicated to political advocacy and media relations, complementing the legal strategy with an expanded capacity to move the case before the court of public opinion. This two-pronged approach to cases allows us to offer our clients strategic advice that is tailored to the unique legal and political contexts in which they operate.
Founding partner Robert Amsterdam, who has practiced international law for 35 years, has represented a broad range of clients. Past clients include Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s most wealthy businessman who became a leading opposition figure after serving more than 10 years as an Amnesty International recognized Prisoner of Conscience. The firm was also formerly involved in 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 actions by governments, and has also represented major corporations such as the Four Seasons Resort and Hotels Group and the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2010, Robert was appointed by the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, to defend members of the Red Shirt pro-democracy movement, which entailed 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. Amsterdam & Partners LLP is presently engaged on matters in Nigeria, Zambia, Guinea, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and other several emerging markets.
Amsterdam & Partners LLP was awarded the 2013 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. Other prominent pro bono causes include the case of Stephan Templ, a Jewish historian who has been jailed by the Austrian government under widely disputed circumstances.