Mr. Fox was a litigator in a large Wall Street law firm when the establishment of the European Economic Community caused U.S. corporations to think about acquiring a European foothold to avoid potential trade barriers.
On the basis of his two law degrees from the University of Paris and familiarity with local customs, he was assigned to represent U.S. clients in the acquisition of European companies and the financing of foreign projects. Since he also spoke Spanish, which was not at the time common among New York lawyers, he began to represent U.S. companies in Latin America.
After founding the firm in 1968, his practice expanded to the representation of foreign firms exporting, licensing technology, and acquiring businesses in the United States, as well as advising American companies doing business abroad.
Mr. Fox taught comparative law at New York University Law School and for ten years served on its Board of Trustees, with oversight responsibility for the foreign law institutes. As Chairman of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists, he has conducted missions and written reports on the judicial systems of foreign countries, from Hungary to Colombia. He is a life trustee of the American Bar Foundation, a sustaining life member of the American Law Institute and a member of many organizations involved in foreign affairs, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of the Americas, and the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. He has chaired committees of the Association of the Bar of New York City, including the Finance Committee, the Committee on Professional Responsibility, and the Committee on the Lawyers’ role in the Search for Peace. This experience, together with two terms as President of the New York University Law Alumni Association and as President of the University’s federation of alumni associations, has provided a good knowledge of local conditions in New York City.
Mr. Fox graduated from Harvard University (A.B. magna cum laude, 1951), NYU Law School (LL.B. 1956), and the University of Paris (Brevet de Traduction et de Terminologie Juridiques 1957, Diplôme de Droit Comparé, 1961). He is an Albert Gallatin Fellow of N.Y.U., a member of the President’s Associates of Harvard University, and Chairman of the Wine Committee of the Century Association.
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