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Amsterdam & Partners




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Washington, D.C., United States

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Criminal defense



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Robert Amsterdam


Described as the billionaire’s lawyer, with clients including UHNWs, national governments and presidents, Robert Amsterdam declares, ‘Our guiding principle is to leave no stone unturned in the defence of our clients and we will not be intimidated by either the scope of the mandate or the power of the opponent.’

His firm has been instrumental in a series of pivotal cases on the world stage, including billionaire Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s ten year legal battle with the Russian state. Amsterdam was also hired by the former prime minister of Thailand to defend the rights of the Red Shirt movement in Bangkok and has been involved in a number of international criminal defence mandates.‘Our firm not only practices law, but engages with history,’ he says. ‘Our significant pro bono practice is presently supporting three incredibly gifted leaders of the new Africa, including Bobi Wine, Tundu Lissu and Maurice Kamto.’

Expert in high-profile cases involving cross-border issues, dispute resolution and governance, with great achievements in international litigation and criminal defence, Amsterdam is a dual UK-Canadian qualified lawyer with four decades of experience. ‘We are mindful that in today’s 24/7 news environment, defending clients involves more than just a legal strategy,’ says Amsterdam, whose firm has offices in London and Washington DC. ‘We have an extraordinary network of relationships to draw on to provide our clients top-drawer immediate service in times of crisis.’

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2020, Hommes d'Affaires

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