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A global service,
centrally managed

100+ Jurisdictions, 17,000 lawyers, 18 years of getting it right for our clients.

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First Law International's member firms have provided legal support to hundreds of clients over the last two decades. Our experts specialise in small to large-scale cross-border legal projects, enabling each of our clients to achieve growth and success on a global scale. FLI is a network created by GC’s for GC’s, supported by GC's; ideally placing it as the cross-border network of choice for businesses worldwide.

FLI's carefully selected and vetted firms share our mission to deliver high quality, timely, legal advice. All our member firms are highly-ranked Chambers & Partners/Legal 500 firms and are either top-tier or second-tier in their respective jurisdictions.

“It can be really challenging managing Legal advice from multiple countries, often all at the same time! FLI's centrally managed approach, eases this pressure and offers a unique opportunity to work with a single point of contact. FLI's firms strive to be consistent on a global basis and that was the appeal.” Senior Partner, FLI Member

Our history

Disrupting the
impenetrable industry

2000

The Garage Start-up

FLI founder Orlando Casares leaves his EMENA GC post from a NYSE listed Corporation and sets up his office in a spare room in his house!

The big idea; To replace the full-time, in-house employee persona for a portable, rentable, disposable, no-headcount, for-hire attorney... already in the trenches.

2001

Focused on Growth

With the frenzy of the IT-bubble and an unprecedented level of M&A, FLI’s nascent company was ready for business, working with Micromuse, Magma Design, Kinetics and Adaptec.

2003

Global Expansion

FLI started expanding and welcoming member firms in Angola, Indonesia, Mozambique, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua, Kazakhstan, emerging and high-risk jurisdictions.

2005

The Big Brands

In FLI’s 5th year, new clients, including 2 of the top Fortune 50 US conglomerates, engaged FLI for cross-border support, at a time of exponential growth. To set FLI apart, Project Manager support (all former GC’s) was added to FLI’s cross-border offering.

2006

Annual Conferences

With each additional FLI NET member joining the network after completing our rigorous vetting process, FLI started hosting its annual general Spring and Regional Asia Pacific Fall conferences.

2012

Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners approached FLI when they started ranking networks. For the first five consecutive years, Orlando authored the Overview of the Global Elite Networks chapter.

2013

Anti-Corruption Compliance Certification Training

FLI instituted an unprecedented and pioneering anti-corruption certification compulsory program for all member firms. To-date member firms in over 50 countries have successfully completed the training.

2014

ACC

FLI becomes a sponsor at the coveted annual Association of Corporate Counsel Conference. Since 2014 FLI has consecutively been showcasing it’s Assistant GC cross-border capabilities.

2015

Strategic Partnerships

With FLI now well-established as the go-to business for many multinational clients, recognition by The Financial Times and The Lawyer lead to a partnership with Thomson Reuters to produce the multi-jurisdictional Investing In Guide.

2016

The Advisory Board

FLI’s Advisory Board was assembled to accelerate business growth and development. Board members have played crucial roles especially in the FLI annual conference and chairing Practice Groups.

2017

Business Development

With a solid global footprint, FLI’s members are empowered to reach out to their existing local clients to offer cross-border support across FLI’s membership base, further strengthening the bonds between members.

2019

Embracing Technology

FLI launched the ground-breaking iOS and Android App, ‘Assistant GC’ allowing FLI clients to submit engagements across 80 jurisdictions, 24/7. The app launch was featured in FT’s 2019 edition of Innovative Lawyers and was considered ahead of the game in “Originality, Leadership and Impact”.

2020

Digital Transformation

FLI appoints Chief Digital Officer to help drive the evolution of FLI’s tech-lead service offering. FLI’s CDO brings with him a talented group of strategy, design and, tech experts to support FLI’s digital transformation and shift the delivery into a friction-less platform.

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