Bio: Francine is a New York City based business lawyer with a focus on serving foreign entrepreneurs seeking to start or expand their business in United States.   As a foreign-born small business owner herself, Francine understands the concerns and challenges non-citizen entrepreneurs face when they establish their business in the US.  Her goal is to offer effective and practical solutions to her clients’ legal needs. Francine has always been drawn to entrepreneurship. Prior to starting her firm, she worked as a legal counsel for a French investment and industrial holding group in Paris where she was involved in the drafting and negotiation of cross-border contracts. After she relocated to New York, Francine joined the investment bank department of a broker-dealer boutique, where she performed due diligence for small companies looking to become publically traded or seeking capital to expand. Francine is also an avid human rights advocate and has lent her services to diverse humanitarian causes.  She once worked for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and assisted in the investigation and prosecution of war criminals.  Following that, she was the United Nations policy liaison for a non-governmental organization where she lobbied consulates on human rights issues. and proposed responses to specific humanitarian emergencies. Francine holds a Master of Laws degree in International Business Transactions from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and a Master of Laws degree in Banking, Corporate and Finance Service from Fordham Law School in New York. She is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organization.  In her spare time, she enjoys shopping for antiques or practicing her German language.
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