VCard: Martin T. Lutz.vcf
Phone Number: (512) 381-8092
Fax Number: (512) 457-8008
Mr. Lutz's practice focuses on advising clients on international trade, transactions, and compliance.
- J.D., University of Texas, with honors, 1989;
- B.A., University of Notre Dame, with honors, 1984
- Partner, Baker Botts, LLP, Washington, D.C., June 1989-July 2000
- Partner, Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand, Washington, D.C., July 2000-July 2004; (In 2003 Verner Liipfert merged into Piper Rudnick.)
- Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP, Washington/Houston, July 2004-March 2007
- Secretary, International Law Section, State Bar of Texas
- Chairman, Advisory Commission on International Law to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Member, Governing Council, International Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2009-2011
- Chairman, International Law Section, Austin Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors, Austin Bar Association
- Admitted to practice: District of Columbia (inactive) and Texas
Publications & Presentations:
- Presentation, Legal Ethics in International Practice: Updates and Comparative Assessment, Austin Bar Association, 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, 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 Section Annual Institute, March 2009
- Moderator, Developments in China's Legal Regime for Trade and Investment, Austin Bar Association, March 2009
- CLE Presentation, Austin Bar Association, Legal Ethics in International Practice, December 2008
- CLE Presentation, Austin Bar Association, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, October 2008
- CLE Presentation, Austin Bar Association, International Contracting: Overview of Principles and Techniques, September 2007
- Survey of Legal Developments in Yemen, International Lawyer (forthcoming)
- Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Mitigate Investment Risk in Africa, The Africa Journal, October 2006
- The Lawyer’s Role in Mitigating CSR Risk, 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (presentation, and publication in the 2005 Annual Proceedings of the Society)
- Recent Developments in U.S. Export Control Policy and Regulation, television interview, Korean State Television, April 2005
- Survey of Legal Issues Arising in Connection with Political Instability in Latin America, 2002 BP Conference of Latin American Counsel
- 2000 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Refining Sector
- 1999 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Evolving Natural Gas Sector
Foreign Sales and Investment
- U.S. and foreign clients on sales, distribution, agency, and joint venture agreements for projects in more than 35 countries.
- Multinationals on the use of bilateral and multilateral treaties (including NAFTA) to protect their international trade and investments, and on the use of trade agreements and trade preferences to benefit trading patterns and to obtain leverage over foreign business partners.
- U.S. and foreign companies on international joint technology development, data sharing, and outsourcing arrangements.
- U.S. clients on foreign domestic laws affecting their investments, and on contractual mechanisms to protect investors' rights within the context of international agreements and foreign legal systems.
- U.S. charitable organizations regarding the structuring of legal arrangements for conducting multi-million dollar charitable operations in developing countries, and on minimizing potential third-party liability arising in connection with those operations.
- U.S. manufacturers of electronics equipment on sales and vendor financing issues in several countries in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
- A U.S. energy company with respect to investments in natural resources and gas trading operations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
- A government agency in a Middle Eastern country with respect to revising all of its form contracts for the procurement of goods, architectural consulting services, and construction services.
Regulation of International Business Practices; U.S. Trade Policy
- U.S. clients on the formation and implementation of compliance and risk mitigation programs in connection with their foreign sales and operations.
- U.S. and foreign clients, including industry trade groups, on U.S. trade policy initiatives on import, export, and foreign investment matters.
- U.S. multinationals with respect to international corporate social responsibility standards and vendor codes of conduct.
- Foreign trade associations with respect to U.S. export control policies and sanctions regulations.
- U.S. clients in using agencies of the U.S. government and international organizations to support the client’s international trade and investment initiatives using such tools as diplomatic leverage, aid programs, certification programs, or benefits qualifications applicable to foreign governments and businesses.
- U.S. and foreign clients on U.S. sanctions, trade regulations, and trade policy, and on evolving international standards regarding business practices.
- U.S. and foreign companies, including major U.S. defense contractors, on application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to arrangements with overseas agents and joint venture partners.
- A foreign government agency regarding compliance with bilateral and multilateral treaties protecting the rights of foreign investors and contractors.
- Foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies on compliance with U.S. sanctions and trade regulations.
Public International Law and International Disputes
- U.S. and foreign clients regarding the enforcement of foreign judicial and arbitral awards.
- U.S. and foreign companies and foreign governments with respect to investment disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
- Foreign governments on issues of international law and investment, including territorial disputes, natural resources development, and treaty formation.
- A Middle Eastern government on sovereign rights in disputes concerning territory and fishing rights.
- Natural resources companies with respect to various treaty and dispute resolution issues in connection with the development of transnational energy transportation projects.
- Foreign governments in U.S. court proceedings raising issues of sovereign rights, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, immunity, and international law.
- Multinationals on strategies to minimize exposure to foreign litigation.