October 2006 Newsletter

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO, Nestle S.A.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I hope this letter finds you and your family well, and that you are enjoying this fall season.  I thought you might be interested in knowing about some recent successes we have had in litigation matters and some other activities in which we have been involved.

     Most recently we have been involved in a number of real estate related litigation matters.  These cases cover a wide range of issues, including a sizeable dispute between an owner of a large new condominium building and its general contractor.  In another matter, we have been involved in a dispute between family members who have an interest in, and disagreements about, susbstantial family real estate holdings; and one between a developer and a party claiming to be entitled to an interest in its project.  In addition, we have been involved in two cases between landlords and corporate tenants involving discrete lease issues - one involving the tenant's cost of living escalator obligations, and another concerning the tenant's obligations to restore and make capital improvements.  We were successful in helping our clients to settle several of these cases on a favorable basis.  These included one of the landlord-tenant disputes, the disagreement between the condominium building owner and its general contractor; and the argument between the developer and the party seeking an interest in its project.

     We have also been successful in bringing to an early conclusion - even before the Answer was filed - a dispute between a secured lender and a leasing company who had a dispute over the assets of a debtor.  Any one of these cases could have resulted in long and expensive trials, but were settled before trial - in two situations, immediately after the Complaint and/or Answer were filed.  In some cases, we voluntarily agreed to participate in third-party non-binding mediation, usually with an experienced attorney or retired judge.  As a trial lawer, I have always believed that any day I can keep a client out of court is a day well spent.  Of course, that's not always possible.  But if we do end up at trial, it's not because we didn't do everything reasonably possible to resolve the case on our client's behalf.

     We continue to be involved in a number of non-profit organizations.  My interest in music has also led me to chair the Music Committeee of the Harvard Club of Boston for the past several years, where we schedule programs in various musical venues of Boston, and bring talented young Harvard College musicians into the club to play for our members and guests.

     As many of you know, I continue to be the President of the Friends of Switzerland.  This past spring, FOSI awarded its Stratton Prize to Prof. Angelo Codevilla of Boston University for his work on the difficulties facing Switzerland both during World War II, and later during the more recent period of Holocaust bank accounts allegations.  One of our earlier Stratton Laureates, Hans Baer, former Chairman of Bank Julius Baer, was instrumental in helping to bring that investigation to fruition.  Our monthly Stammtisch luncheons over the past year featured speakers in a variety of fields, including the chief curator of the new Institue of Contemporary Art of Boston; the Chief of the Economics Department of the Canton of Basel, speaking about the relocation of a section of the harbor of that city, occasioned by the expansion of the Novartis campus; as well as speakers in the fields of medicine, business and finance.  Please keep in mind that each December we have a special musical Holiday luncheon featuring talented young musicians organized with the assistance of Prof. Roman Totenberg, acclaimed violinist and teacher at the BU School of Fine Arts.

     I have also participated in the activities of the American Swiss Foundation in New York, where I recently met the new Swiss Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Urs Ziswiler, and the guest speaker for the annual dinner, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestle S.A.  Photographs of that event are attached.

     As Boston Warburg Chapter Coordinator for the American Council on Germany, I was invited to participate in a study tour to Berline cosponsored by the German Government and the ACG, in which we will be meeting with members and Ministers of the Government and will attend the 50th Anniversary celebration of Germany's joining the Atlantic Alliance.  I have also helped to organize lumcheon events for the ACG in the Boston area and have attended events in New York, featuring very thoughtful speakers addressing transatlantic issues and matters of importance to the US and both Germany and Europe generally in the fields of international relations, politics, current crises and finance.

     I am enclosing some photos of my meetings with several speakers and guests at events organized by the aCG, including H.E. Brigitte Zypries, the Minister of Justice of Germany; Hon. George Milbradt, the Minister-President of the State of Saxony; and journalists Jane Karmer of the New Yorker magazine and Jan Ross of Die Zeit, who spoke on the timely topic of religious issues in Europe and the U.S.  If you are interested in knowing more about Friends of Switzerland or the American council on Germany and our upcoming speaker events, please contact me.

     As you can see, we have been involved in some very interesting matters which have been both exciting and successful for our clients and our firm.  We continue to practice in a wide variety of legal areas, including trials and appeals, general business and commercial law, real estate, employment, discrimination, divorce and university/school law.

     If you have any questions about any of these cases, or about any legal matters where we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please call me.  We hope you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday season, and best wishes for the New Year.  As always, best regards.

Marc Redlich

Hon. Urs Ziswiler
Marc Redlich with Hon. Urs Ziswiler, Swiss Ambassador to the United States

H.E. Brigitte Zypries
H.E. Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister of Justice

Hon. Georg Milbradt
Hon. Georg Milbradt, Minister-President of Saxony

Jan Ross
From Right to Left: Jan Ross of Die Zeit, Jane Kramer of The New Yorker, Marc Redlich,
Uwe Mohr, Executive Director of the Goethe Institute Boston and
Irena Grudzinska of the Boston University Institute for Human Sciences

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