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Dykema Attorney Co-Chairs IICL Symposium

May 11, 2010


Dykema, a leading national law firm, announces that Richard G. Goetz, leader of the firm’s International practice team, will co-chair the 47th Annual Symposium on Global Markets sponsored by The Institute for International and Comparative Law (IICL). This program is entitled "Globalization for In-House and Outside Counsel" and will be held June 15-16, 2010 in Plano, Texas. The 2010 Symposium will be organized in cooperation with the Texas chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and the Texas General Counsel Forum. Topics of high interest for in-house lawyers as well as lawyers in private practice will be presented.

At Dykema, Mr. Goetz counsels clients engaged in a broad range of inbound and outbound international investment, distribution and sourcing activities. He also provides counsel on joint ventures and other complex business relationships, corporate, merger and acquisition, finance and international compliance matters. His knowledge of global business and investment issues, coupled with first-hand experience in dealing with the legal matters confronting companies doing business around the world, including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Russia, provides clients with a distinct advantage when establishing a new operation or production facility abroad or when companies from abroad seek to enter the U.S. market. In addition to the State Bar of Michigan, he is also a member of the American Bar Association and Program Director of the Council of Senior International Attorneys of The Conference Board, as well as being a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Canada-United States Law Institute and the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership.

Mr. Goetz is the former Associate General Counsel-International at Ford Motor Company. His career with Ford Motor Company spanned more than three decades. In his most recent role as Associate General Counsel-International, he had primary responsibility for legal matters affecting Ford in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, and Canada. He was a key participant in Ford’s entry into China, India, Korea and other Asian Countries, as well as into Eastern Europe. Mr. Goetz also served as the company’s director of legal affairs in Venezuela for 10 years. During his career with Ford, he represented the company on five continents, on a broad range of international legal matters, including joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, litigation, corporate governance, distribution, licensing, international trade, government negotiations, regulatory matters and compliance programs.