Overview

Martin advises a wide variety of US and foreign clients on international legal matters. Numerous companies on the Fortune Global 500 list have sought his counsel, as well as foreign governments, universities, private equity funds, international charities, technology companies, and manufacturers of all sizes on cross-border commercial matters and issues arising under international law.  In addition, he also advises US and foreign high-net-worth individuals and family-owned companies with business operations, assets, and heirs moving across borders.

Martin practiced international law for 17 years with AmLaw 100 firms in Washington D.C. prior to moving his international practice to Austin in 2006.

Experience

Corporate & Business Transactions

  • International Sales & Investments
  • Joint Ventures
  • International Distribution Agreements
  • Infrastructure Investments
  • Establishment and Transfer of Foreign Subsidiaries and Offshore Vehicles
  • Cross-Border Franchises
  • Multinational Licensing
  • Application of Bilateral and Multilateral Investment Treaties
  • Risk-mitigation Techniques
  • Contracts with Foreign State-Owned Companies
  • Regulation of Trade & Cross-Border Transactions

Securities

  • Anti-Bribery/FCPA Counseling
  • Export and sanctions compliance
  • Supply-chain integrity
  • Formulation and implementation of international compliance programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives
  • In-bound investments for foreign family offices and family-owned businesses
  • Structuring of family-owned companies and holdings across multiple jurisdictions
  • Investment disputes
  • Sovereign immunity
  • State-to-State obligations and enforcement
  • Treaty interpretation
  • Cross-border litigation strategy

News & Publications

News

Publications

  • July 30, 2020
  • May 7, 2020
  • March 23, 2020
  • February 25, 2020
  • 12.18.2019
  • December 18, 2019
  • Investment in the UAE and other Gulf Countries, Lunch & Learn (with Amereller), Houston, Texas
    October 24, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • August 15, 2019
  • August 1, 2019
  • Panelist, Trade Wars, Sanctions, and Their Impact, State Bar of Texas, Int’l Law Section, Dallas, Texas
    February 2019
  • Moderator, Complying With Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Requirements in the Global Information Age, State Bar of Texas, Int’l Law Section
    September 2018
  • Presentation, The Practice of International Law:  Key Tools and Terms, State Bar of Texas, Int’l Law Section
    March 2018
  • Presentation, Regulation of Cross-Border Trade & Investment, Austin Bar Association, Int’l Law Section
    July 2017
  • Panelist, Practicing International Law in Texas, State Bar of Texas Annual Institute on International Law
    February 2017
  • Presentation, Considerations of Legal Ethics When Advising Clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Austin Bar Association
    April 2016
  • Presentation, Nuts & Bolts of International Law: Drafting Enforceable International Contracts, State Bar of Texas, Int’l Law Section
    March 2013
  • Presentation, Legal Ethics, Training, and Specialization in International Law, Dallas Bar Association
    April 2012
  • Presentation, Standards of Practice in Advising Clients on International Law, Fort Worth Bar Association
    May 2011
  • Presentation, Ethical Pitfalls in International Practice, State Bar of Texas Int’l Law Section Annual Institute
    February 2011
  • Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Fort Worth Bar Association
    November 2010
  • Presentation, Moderator, The New UK Bribery Act and Other Developments in UK and EU Law Affecting Trans-Atlantic Investments, Austin Bar Association
    October 2010
  • Presentation, Emerging Issues in International Law; Dealing with International Kidnapping Risk, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
    June 2010
  • Presentation, Drafting Key Provisions of International Commercial Contracts, Fort Worth Bar Association
    May 2010
  • Presentation, The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: The International Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation to Understand It’s Importance and Application, Austin Bar Association
    March 2010
  • Presentation, Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for International Law Practitioners, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas
    June 2009
  • Moderator, Emerging Issues in Investments Abroad, Foreign Joint Ventures, and M&A, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section Annual Institute
    March 2009
  • Presentation, Legal Ethics in International Practice, Austin Bar Association
    December 2008
  • Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Austin Bar Association
    October 2008
  • Author, Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Mitigate Investment Risk in Africa, The Africa Journal
    October 2006
  • Presentation and Author, The Lawyer’s Role in Mitigating CSR Risk, 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, published in the 2005 Annual Proceedings of the Society)
    2005
  • Television interview, Recent Developments in U.S. Export Control Policy and Regulation, South Korean state television
    April 2005
  • Author, 2000 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Refining Sector
    2010
  • Author, 1999 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Evolving Natural Gas Sector
    1999

Honors & Recognition

  • Austin Monthly's Top Austin Attorneys 2020, International Law
  • Guest lecturer, University of Texas, Law and Business Schools, 2011-2016
  • Panelist, Trade Wars, Sanctions, and Their Impact, State Bar of Texas, Int’l Law Section, February 2019

  • Presentation, Considerations of Legal Ethics When Advising Clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Austin Bar Association, April 2016
  • Presentation, Nuts & Bolts of International Law: Drafting Enforceable International Contracts, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, March 2013
  • Presentation, Legal Ethics, Training, and Specialization in International Law, Dallas Bar Association, April 2012
  • Presentation, Standards of Practice in Advising Clients on International Law, Fort Worth Bar Association, May 2011
  • Presentation, Ethical Pitfalls in International Practice, State Bar of Texas International Law Section Annual Institute, February 2011
  • Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Fort Worth Bar Association, November 2010
  • Presentation, Moderator, The New UK Bribery Act and Other Developments in UK and EU Law Affecting Trans-Atlantic Investments, Austin Bar Association, October 2010
  • Presentation, Emerging Issues in International Law; Dealing with International Kidnapping Risk, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2010
  • Presentation, Drafting Key Provisions of International Commercial Contracts, Fort Worth Bar Association, May 2010
  • Presentation, Comparing Contract Law in Common Law and Civil Law Jurisdictions, Austin Bar Association, April 2010
  • Presentation, The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: The International Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation to Understand It’s Importance and Application, Austin Bar Association, March 2010
  • Presentation, Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for International Law Practitioners, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 2009.
  • Presentation, Enforcement of International Contracts, Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, Texas, June 2009.
  • Moderator, Emerging Issues in Investments Abroad, Foreign Joint Ventures, and M&A, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section Annual Institute, March 2009
  • Moderator, Developments in China’s Legal Regime for Trade and Investment, Austin Bar Association, March 2009
  • Presentation, Legal Ethics in International Practice, Austin Bar Association, December 2008
  • Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Austin Bar Association, October 2008
  • Presentation, International Contracting: Overview of Principles and Techniques, Austin Bar Association, September 2007
  • Author, Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Mitigate Investment Risk in Africa, The Africa Journal, October 2006
  • Presentation and Author, The Lawyer’s Role in Mitigating CSR Risk, 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, published in the 2005 Annual Proceedings of the Society)
  • Television interview, Recent Developments in U.S. Export Control Policy and Regulation, South Korean state television, April 2005
  • Presentation, Survey of Legal Issues Arising in Connection with Political Instability in Latin America, 2002 BP Conference of Latin American Counsel
  • Author, 2000 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Refining Sector
  • Author, 1999 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Evolving Natural Gas Sector

Community & Professional

  • State Bar of Texas: International Law Section (Past Secretary, Treasurer, and Governing Council Member)
  • Austin Bar Association: International Law Section (Chair, 2006-2013; 2015-present)
  • Advisory Committee on Specialization in International Law in Texas (Chair)
  • Austin Bar Association (Director, 2006-2013; 2015-present)
  • Texas International Law Journal (Editor-in-Chief, 1988-1989)
  • Law School: Dean’s Achievement Award, TQ Best Brief Award, Legal Research Board
  • Advisory Committee on Specialization in International Law (Chair)

Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1989 (with Honors)

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1984

Bar admissions

  • Texas
  • Washington D.C.
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