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Nicole Simonian is Co-Leader of the firm's International Trade Client Service Group. She also serves as the firm's Asia Coordinator, responsible for managing strategic growth and other initiatives throughout Asia in connection with the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. In addition, Ms. Simonian has led the firm's Asia Employment Practice for more than a decade.

Ms. Simonian has traditionally advised companies from emerging growth to multinational conglomerates on their current corporate structures and global business expansion throughout Asia (including China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand), Latin America and Europe. Her clients span a number of industries, including aerospace, personal care, semiconductor assembly and testing, food and beverage, medical devices, retail, apparel and textiles, advertising, outsourcing services, nonprofit organizations, and universities. Her experience also includes working with companies to ensure and manage compliance risks with government authorities in Asia on issues dealing with investment regulations, customs and trade, and the FCPA. 

With her background in cross-border transactions, Ms. Simonian recognized the need to support her clients in mobilizing and managing global workforces in conjunction with companies expanding and increasing their international footprint. Her unique experience and background in corporate, trade, and international employment law provides a holistic approach for her clients in considering the regulatory environment in both the domestic and international context. She regularly advises clients with respect to international employment issues including day-to-day compliance, strategic alliances, restructuring and reorganization, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and post-acquisition integration. Ms. Simonian has significant experience assisting companies in developing and maintaining international workforces and structuring global mobility and expatriate processes to address the growing need to move talent and goods across borders.

Ms. Simonian frequently speaks and conducts roundtable and panel discussions on international compliance issues before domestic and global in-house legal counsel. She also serves as the mentor coordinator for the firm’s Los Angeles office and as the women’s initiative office liaison, having previously led the women’s initiative firmwide for more than seven years. In addition, she is active in the Future Leaders Program for the Pacific Council on International Policy, an international affairs organization focused on public policy issues impacting the West Coast. In this role, she works alongside a select group of prominent civic and business leaders to develop and implement strategies to prepare younger members for international public service.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Junior League of Los Angeles
    • Named by Los Angeles magazine as one of Southern California’s Rising Stars for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Named by the Armenian Bar Association as one of the “20 Rising Stars Under 40”
    • Named by Los Angeles magazine as one of Southern California’s Rising Stars for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Named by the Armenian Bar Association as one of the “20 Rising Stars Under 40”
    • Named by the Armenian Bar Association as one of the “20 Rising Stars Under 40”
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Professional Affiliations

    • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 2018 World Trade Week Committee Member
    • Pacific Council on International Policy, Future Leaders Program
    • Inner City Law Center, Board of Directors
    • Council of Advisors to the Armenian Community of Hong Kong and China
    • Women in International Trade
    • Armenian International Women’s Association
    • Armenian Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Conference of Delegates to the State Bar of California (2002-2004)
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    • Council of Advisors to the Armenian Community of Hong Kong and China
    • Women in International Trade
    • Armenian International Women’s Association
    • Armenian Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Conference of Delegates to the State Bar of California (2002-2004)
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    • Armenian Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Conference of Delegates to the State Bar of California (2002-2004)
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Representative Experience

  • Serve as lead legal advisor for American multinational aircraft manufacturer with respect to its international employment strategies in Latin America and Asia
  • Serve as lead legal advisor for American multinational gas turbine manufacturer, responsible for overseeing compliance with respect to various aspects of international trade, including foreign investment, imports and exports, sanctions and other regulatory compliance issues
  • Advising on all aspects of international employment in connection with the spin-off and formation of a publicly traded healthcare company in Asia and Latin America
  • Advising a multinational cosmetics company on all aspects of market entry into China, including corporate structure, joint venture negotiations, employment issues, distribution arrangements, trademark licensing, regulatory requirements, product labeling rules, and customs requirements
  • Served as lead legal advisor for a major multinational consumer products company and medical technology company with respect to their global mobility, expatriate secondment, and international employment strategies for Asia-Pacific and Latin America
  • Advising on various regulatory requirements, including market access into Asia, for several U.S. multinational clients
  • Represented a U.S. semiconductor equipment manufacturer in structuring it operations in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, PRC, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany and Italy
  • Represented a GPS manufacturer in acquiring licensing rights to mapping data from various Chinese governmental authorities
  • Counseled a U.S. industrial construction materials manufacturer in the transfer of operations to Mexico
  • Represented  multinational corporation in a multi-jurisdictional disposition of offshore assets and operations in the U.S. and China
  • Represented a U.S. entertainment company in the development of its flagship retail megastore in Shanghai
  •  Represented the Huntington Library, Arts Collection and Botanical Gardens in the design and construction of one of the largest Chinese classical gardens to be built outside of China

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • U.S. – Asia Update 2017: Tracking Emerging Trends & Opportunities,” Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) Conference, Los Angeles, Calif., Mar. 27, 2017
  • U.S. Commercial Service China E-Commerce Boot Camp, New York and Los Angeles, May 10 and 12, 2016
  • "Tax Considerations, Planning Opportunities & Traps with Global Employees," Going Global with Bryan Cave webinar series, March 9, 2016
  • "Going Global and Made in China," LA CEOs panel presentation, Los Angeles, Calif., Mar. 3, 2016
  • "Global Mobility: Movement of Employees Across Borders," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia’s Corporate Counsel Institute, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 10, 2015
  • Consular General Roundtable on International Trade, Los Angeles Consular Corps luncheon, Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 19, 2015
  • "Tax Issues Associated with Global Employees," St. Louis International Tax Group, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 30, 2015
  • “Global Business Expansion: Key Strategies for Conducting Business in Foreign Jurisdictions,” The Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Roundtable, Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 29 and 30, 2015  
  • “Examining Trade and Regulatory Issues When Moving Goods and People Across Borders,” Going Global with Bryan Cave webinar series, June 24, 2015; moderator 
  • “International Employment 101: What it Means to be a Global Employer in 2015,” Going Global with Bryan Cave webinar series, Mar. 10, 2015; presenter
  • “e-Commerce in China: Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” U.S. Department of Commerce, February 2015
  • “Reigning in Your China Employment and Anti-Corruption Policies in the Year of the Horse,” webinar, January 2014