The Team

Presentation of the members of the law firm

Jean-Charles BENSUSSAN, Partner
Twenty years experienced as Counsel and attorney in Commercial Law, litigation and arbitration.
Graduated from PARIS 1 PANTHEON SORBONNE UNIVERSITY in Commercial Law and in International Private Law.
Graduated from Paris II – Assas in Intellectual Property Law.
Lectures organised on franchise, and M&A issues, the alliance strategy, for the Essonne Chamber of Commerce
Schedule of lectures for Paris- Nanterre University Léonard de Vinci on I.T. Law.
Expert for the INPI : French Patent and Trade Office
Arbitrator in commercial litigation

James Berenthal
James L. Berenthal, Esq., General Counsel. Mr. Berenthal received both his B. A. and his J.D. degrees from Indiana University. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Florida. He is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Berenthal & Associates, P.C., the firm founded by Mr. Berenthal over 35 years ago, features a specialty legal practice with a strong finance and international orientation. The firm emphasizes the legal representation of financial institutions, business interests, including the representation of public and privately held corporations, as well as diverse business entities and investors. With offices on Madison Avenue in New York and downtown Miami, and affiliate offices in Spain, France, Chile and Israel, the firm’s attorneys and its support staff reflect the multi-linguistic, cultural diversity that allows it to effectively represent New York based clients as well as international clients.

Mr. Berenthal has vast experience in banking and finance, having represented two of Spain’s largest banks in the United States. Mr. Berenthal also represents a variety of international organizations and has structured business and real estate acquisitions in the United States as well as in overseas markets.

Position: Member. Admitted to Bar, 1969, New York; 1982, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1985, Florida; 1987, New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, District of New Jersey and Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Indiana University (B.A., J.D.). Member: New York State and New Jersey State Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; New York County Lawyers Association. Languages: Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew, French. Practice Areas: Banking; Complex Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation; Intellectual Property Law; International Business Transactions; Real Estate Transactions (residential and commercial); Software/Internet.

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Franck BENAIS , Lawyer
Graduated from PARIS ASSAS 2 – University in Commercial Law.
Seven years experienced as commercial litigator.

Position: Associate. Admitted to bar, 1998, New York; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Florida, 1998. Education: Queens College, (B.A.), Boston University, School of Law, (J.D., 1997) Practice Areas: Intellectual Property; Software\Internet; Litigation; Real Estate Transactions (residential and commercial). Languages: Spanish, Hebrew.

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Position: Of Counsel. Admitted to bar, 1980, New York; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Education: State University of New York at Albany (B.A.); New York Law School (J.D. 1979); Certified by New York State as Court Evaluator and Guardian under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law; Member New York State Bar Association. Areas of Practice: Commercial Litigation; Real Estate (residential and commercial); Wills, Trusts and Estates; General Corporate; Elder Law.

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Attorney  foremerly registered and admitted to BEIJIN’s Bar,  now off counsel

Post gratuated in French law

Corporate and commercial law

Intellectual property

International investments

very warm human contact, always attentive to his customer, very responsive to requests, takes the customer's opinion into account. Very serious in the study of files = efficiency

Jacques Rosilio

Excellent firm, very professional. Lawyer expert in his art, thank you for the games of chess. Strong recommendation, both personally and professionally.

Nathan Laufer

Very very professional firm, Mr Bensussan and his collaborators excel in their work, always available, reactive and givers of good advice.

Traf Traf

A firm demonstrating a rare humanity as well as exceptional professionalism. During my visits, the approach was not limited to the basic processing of cases but to a real strategy

Pierre Barre

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