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  • Anniversary of September 11, 2001

    Liberty ALWAYS Rises - Huf International (JHI)  Liberty ALWAYS Rises

    Seventeen September 11ths later, on yet another Tuesday after Labor Day, we still set aside one day devoted to rememberance, but there is never a single day when we forget.

    Take a look at this beautiful new tower, overlooking a parcel of land forever associated with one of the most tragic days in our country's history.  That tower is what "winning" looks like.

    So long as Liberty never fails to rise in this country, the victims of the September 11 attacks will never be meaningless losses. Today, JHI honors those whose lives were stolen from them by sudden and senseless evil by suspending work in the New York side of the Firm. Tomorrow, we honor those taken from us by resuming our work, dedicated to crafting a broad-based, self-sustaining middle class in the Middle East.

    Being an attorney is my career, but I've always viewed by practice of transactional business law as a platform: new mortgage programs; expanded consumer financing; legal, social & education reforms; franchising of American brands; infrastructure development; and, other projects in the Middle East (in GCC jurisdictions, principally Saudi Arabia) are more than innovative client work. I promote and perform this work as a direct response to the attacks on my country and what those attacks represent - an assault on the very Idea of "America".  

    In short, JHI is merely a (very) small piece, of a small piece, of a great big jigsaw puzzle being worked on by thousands of people from all walks of life - and I am very proud of that.  This is what Americans do.

    And, well, seventeen years later, we're winning. All of us. Those who died without warning, those left behind, and those yet to arrive who will never have to witness such a crime in their lifetimes - we're winning. The Idea of America is winning.

    Those who committed the attacks (many of them now dead), are assigned to space in history's landfill, with the other great villians whose names are synonymous with the word "evil". Let's leave them there.

    Today, we remember those who fell, and thank the armed forces, intelligence services and law enforcement personnel who have kept us safe since. God Bless them. And may God continue to bless and keep the United States of America - both its people and the Idea.

     – Jason Huf
    Tuesday, August 11, 2018
    New Jersey, USA
  • Happy Eid Al Adha Wishes, Plus a Major Improvement at JHI

    The Law Firm of Jason Huf International (JHI) wishes all of our friends around the Muslim world a happy Eid Al Adha.  As pilgrims from all over the world celebrate the completion of one of Islam's most cherished Holy Rites, I am pleased to announce that JHI has successfully finished a journey of its own:

    Last year, we published a discussion of JHI's business model, "Big Firm Resources Without the Massive Overhead", which described the broad range of resources made available to JHI's clients in a manner that keeps our costs competitive.  From the the firm's beginning, my goal was craft a business model that made the provision of legal services more efficient and client-friendly.

    At JHI's 5-Year Anniversary gathering last month, I unveiled news of a critical development toward my continual commitment to achieve this goal.  As planned from its foundation, JHI's New York City presence is now a purely "virtual" one.

    When I started JHI, there was simply no substitute for "Being There" - I had to be in Manhattan, day in and day out.  Now that I've established myself as the "Mr. Middle East of Lower Manhattan", the brick and mortar facility formerly known as The Monastery is no longer necessary.  As planned from the jump, JHI will maintain the advertised address at Suite 615 of 11 Broadway as a mail stop and shared services facility, but will no longer have to bear the expense of fully operational and staffed physical plant elsewhere Downtown.

    While time zone differences and varying work weeks in different cultures are still a factor, technology makes it possible for me to run my practice from anywhere in the world.  Physical plant will always be necessary in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia & our associated office at the Khalil Khazindar Firm remains unchanged.  JHI also maintains additional resources, including VAT practitioners and experienced litigators/ arbitrators, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE - Abu Dhabi & Dubai), India and Singapore.  However, having successfully planted our flag in the Big Apple, I can now execute the original plan for the firm's business structure by operating from New York City on a purely "virtual" basis, and do so in a manner wherein JHI keeps its access to a wide network of attorneys working in a broad range of practice areas.

    In short, with overhead even lower than before, JHI's rates will remain competitive; and, we still provide clients with seamless access to "Big Firm" resources in a way that is extremely economical.

    From my own perspective, a total of over four hours of commute time, round trip daily, can now be used for more productive purposes.  Whether its additional billable time, special projects unrelated to my practice or simple relaxation necessary to maintain work-life balance, that's more than 20 hours per week that I will devote to, well, whatever I want...
                                                                                                                   R. Jason Huf, Attorney-at-Leisure, New York & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Though I will be back from time to time as business requires, I already miss taking occassional breaks in Battery Park.  Working from the office in my home is certainly an adjustment.  I may write books, teach, put more focus into booking public speaking engagements, or just sit in the back yard and read for fun (I haven't read for fun in years).  I may even become active/ reengage in politics.

    I will almost certainly travel more often to points East.  Not being grafted to a desk two hours from my house on a near-daily basis will make such travel more feasible.  I view this as critical as JHI enhances its capabilities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and throughout the Gulf (GCC) region, and becomes the GCC-wide "Regional Super Firm" I set out to establish five years ago.

    So, it seems exploring the boundaries of my own business will further enable JHI to help our clients (you and your company, I hope) to Explore the Boundaries of Your Business.  I couldn't be more pleased.

    Happy Eid Al Adha!

     – Jason Huf
    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    "Parts Unknown", USA
  • Big Firm Resources Without the Massive Overhead

    By R. Jason Huf

    Some of you may have obtained entry to the "Monastery" (as I've taken to calling my office) as and when business has required. However, for most of those reading this, I realize that I'm letting you in on a little secret: the advertised address of JHI's NYC HQ office is just a mail stop associated with a shared space & services operation on the 6th floor of good old 11 Broadway.  To maintain my strict "No Pop-Ins" Policy, the exact location of the Firm Headquarters Office/ Monastery's actual physical presence is kept confidential, and that confidence is only breached when necessary.

    Being able to advertise the mail stop as the office address, and the convenience of renting conference room space by the hour on the 6th floor, both enable me to concentrate on my work with minimal interruption.  In addition to this "buffer", availing myself of the shared services when certain tasks need to be performed rather efficiently assists me with keeping costs down, which in turn contributes to my ability to maintaining hourly rates that are very competitive.

    The World is Yours (As an old boss of mine used to say, "This is not the Fish Market"; but, with our competitive rates and innovative price structures, there may not be much need for you to bargain when seeking high-quality, world-class International Legal Services that your company can afford)


    Perhaps most fundamentally to those of you (still) reading this piece, JHI can make available to your company the seamless provision of professional services spanning just about the entire legal prism, without having to figure massive overhead costs into our hourly rates (or more innovative billing arrangements). The outfit that runs the 6th floor operation only caters to attorneys, and many of these attorneys elect to house their firms and solo practices in physical office space on the site. Irrespective of the level of their arrangement, all who participate in some form or another are listed in a directory and, over time, some of us get to know each other reasonably well.

    These attorneys practice in virtually every area of the law, and possess a variety of experience levels. In short, I have at my fingertips a storehouse of legal minds to draw upon, from commercial real estate specialists, to business litigators, to tax professionals - even a very smart fellow who focuses on energy trading. And, like myself, they tend to maintain a relatively unburdensome level of overhead costs, which in turn, permits them to be reasonable with their fees as well.

    A few people still tend to think of my practice as rather narrow, until I dispell them of that illusion - JHI is a Commercial, Corporate, Energy & Banking law firm and we perform a wide range of services for clients hailing from a broad variety of industries.  We just happen to have extensive experience in the Middle East, which may occassionally give rise to some folks instinctively thinking of JHI as a boutique servicing a particular "specialty" area.  However, JHI's capabilities are even broader than I previously reasoned:

    Between the NYC HQ, our Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Office, additional reources in the UAE (Abu Dhabi & Dubai) and access to Singapore and various major cities in India, JHI as a Brand is known as a capable provider of professional services in the Middle East and South Asia, ranging from company formation to arbitration, for those who have invested - or are looking to invest - in those regions in the world.

    What JHI is not (yet) necessarily known for is our ability to assist businesses based in the Middle East and elsewhere with their expansion into the US "mega-market". Whether you are an individual foreign investor entering through the EB-5 Visa process, or a family-owned conglomerate of businesses looking to invest in US real estate, or a publicly traded company in Riyadh entering a joint venture, or a participant in the new US public-private partnerships designed to reform the nation's infrastructure, JHI is well-placed to help get you started as well as protect your US-side business interests down the road.

    We have access to an entire network of intellectual assets encompassing a variety of practice areas ordinarily comanded only by big law firms, without having to factor "big firm" overhead into our fees. So, when investing from West to East, or East to West, consider the cost-effective but powerful option of contacting JHI for your legal needs.

    Feel the difference and put our NYC HQ and affiliated Community of Attorneys to work for you in concert with our Jeddah office and/ or resources in the UAE, India & Singapore (wherever you're from!) as we help you and your company Explore the Boundaries of Your Business.

     – Jason Huf
    Wednesday, August 8, 2017
    New York, NY

  • Saudi Arabia's "Companies Law" of 2015

    Saudi Arabia's (KSA) new Companies Law of 2015 came into effect on May 2, 2016.  At JHI, we wished to see the new law in practice and how it would be enforced by Saudi authorities before commenting.  In the meantime, much has already been written about the new law and we need not cover the same ground here.

    Of particular interest to clients and potential clients of JHI is, we believe, the law's provision of the option of Sole Proprietorships (or "Single-Shareholder" companies), and how applications for the licensing and registration of such by foreign investors are treated by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

    As a general matter, the new law provides that SAGIA may continue to impose additionally stringent incorporation requirements on companies being established with the backing of foreign investors.  While the process of approving incorporation applications has been somewhat streamlined at SAGIA, a certain level of uncertainty, especially at the beginning stages of such an application, remains.

    When considering establishing or reforming an entity in the KSA, JHI feels that if a foreign investor has a trustworthy local partner/ agent (or "sponsor") then, for the time being, it may remain prudent to make use of such local parties when doing business in the Kingdom.  In addition to possibly enjoying a smoother approval process, one might avoid any potential bureaucratic pushback by some recalcitrant officials who may still be resistant to the Vision 2030 reforms more generally.

    The relationship with one's local sponsor can be further clarified via a side letter to the sponsorship agreement.  Such sideletters have been enforced by Saudi courts with increasing regularity.  And, JHI hopes that the provision for Single-Shareholder companies in the new Companies Law is not seen by the local judiciary as a rationale for reversing this trend.

    We will have more to say about the execution and enforement of the new Companies Law and other reforms as events (rapidly) progress.  Speaking of events, recent news indicates a very real likelihood of a shift in the direction of investment capital flowing between the Untied States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Where the Riyals of the Sovereign Wealth Fund go, other Saudi-based investment capital tends to follow.  With that in mind, JHI is seriously considering offering the shepherding of EB-5 (Investor) Visa applications to the menu of professional services our firm offers to incoming companies that invest in the United States, particularly New York, Pennsylvania and/ or New Jersey, where Mr. Huf is admitted to bar.  JHI will have more to say on this in the near future as well.
  • Happy Memorial Day & Ramadan Mubarak

    In the United States, we set aside one day to remember those who have fallen in war, defending our freedoms.  But, there isn't a single day wherein we forget.  We hope that you and yours enjoy the holiday weekend, and that we all take a little time to say a prayer of rememberance and gratitude for our fallen heroes and their families this Memorial Day.

    We all die, the only variables are where, when and how - and, sometimes, why.  They may be gone, but our war dead are never lost.  These soldiers, sailors, airmen & marines are forever in our hearts.

    To all of our friends around the world who observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, we at JHI hope that you and your families enjoy a meaningful period of dedication to fasting, reflection and prayer during this period of tremendous changes throughout the Middle East.  May your loved ones take this holiday as an opportunity grow closer to each other, your neighbors, the less fortunate and the whole of humanity.

    We wish you good health in the year ahead.  Ramadan Mubarak!
  • Qatar's International Commercial Court

    As Co-Chairman of the New York County Lawyers' Association's (NYCLA) Foreign & International Law Committee, Mr. Huf enjoys the occassional pleasure of hosting some rather interesting guests.

    Just this past March, the Foreign & International Law Committee welcomed the Honorable Gerald Lebovits, Justice of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia, Fordham and NYU.  Justice Lebovits provided a presentation covering the Qatar International Court and the time he spent in Doha teaching local attorneys there.

    JHI has briefly covered Qatar's Bifurcated Legal System in an earlier piece and we refer you to it for some of the bare bones basics.

    Justice Lebovits, in addition to describing his teaching experience in Doha, discussed the history of Qatar's International Court (the Court) for hearing commercial disputes, the caliber of its personnel, its procedures and costs.  He also discussed some of the decisions already rendered by the Court, where he participated as one of its distinguished Judges.

    Clara Flebus, Gerald Lebovits, Jason Huf
    (Left to right: Clara Flebus, Co-Chair, NYCLA Foreign & International Law Committee; Hon. Justice Gerald Lebovits; and, Jason Huf)

    Justice Lebovits pointed out, at length, what he viewed to be the efficiency of the Court relative to Arbitration facilities elsewhere in the Gulf region. The speed, cost and fairness of the proceedings made the Court, from his perspective, an ideal solution for Dispute Resolution and wondered aloud why parties did not avail themselves of the use of the Court more often in the dispute resolution clauses of their agreements.

    Mr. Huf agrees that, on paper and based on performance thus far, the Court is an attractive facility. However, the Court was founded relatively recently (2009), and as an active international practitioner who focuses on the region, Mr. Huf made the point that attorneys might be more receptive to the idea of recommending the use of the Court to their clients after more data is at hand (that is to say, after the Court has adjudicated more disputes). Of course, with attorneys perhaps hesitating to suggest that their client be something of a new legal system's "guinea pig", it may take some time before such additional data is generated.

    That said, you would be hard-pressed to find a lawyer in New York City who is as knowledgeable of the inner workings of the Court and the procedures it employs than Justice Lebovits.  His entire presentation – including his positive view of the Court's cost and time-effectiveness – was well-informed and compelling.

    JHI invites you to research the Qatar International Commercial Court and Dispute Resolution Centre and draw your own conclusions:

    www.qicdrc.com.qa


    After all, as very good lawyers, aren't we always in search of the next "better idea"?