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Neal Beaton


31 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019
United States
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Practice Areas
Health Care & Life Sciences, Immigration, Nationality and Consular Law, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Technology
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New York

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Neal Beaton

Neal Beaton

No matter how we have grown, we have never forgotten the importance of providing personalized, local attention. Today, we offer the very same client-focused service in more areas of the world, giving you access to an impressive global network. At Holland & Knight, we are able to tap the intellectual resources of more than 1,000 attorneys in the US and abroad to address client interests spread across the scope of the United States and international marketplace.

In addition, we have over 600 alums of our foreign training program practicing in 40 countries around the world. Within this global network, we are able to manage and direct multi-jurisdictional transactions and address your business interests - anywhere in the world - with complete confidence. Building on a Firm Foundation Partners of the firm include former state and local bar presidents and presidents of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Other partners have devoted themselves to public and professional positions. Our ranks include chairs of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, federal and state trial and appellate judges, chairs of several sections of the American Bar Association, members of the U.S. House and Senate, and a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Many of the firm's 1,000 lawyers continue to serve their communities in leadership roles in civic, charitable and social organizations. The service and values the firm was built upon years ago remain the same today. Each day in every practice, in every office, and by every lawyer and professional at Holland & Knight, our commitment to superior client service and to our profession and communities is validated.


Neal Beaton

Neal N. Beaton is the firmwide Co-Leader of the International and Cross Border Transactions practice. He practices in the area of corporate and commercial transactions, intellectual property, international trade and business immigration law. He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions (particularly on behalf of non-U.S. parties); venture capital and minority investments; pharmaceutical and intellectual property licensing, joint development and other technology agreements; joint ventures; distribution agreements; shareholder agreements; employment agreements; trademark and copyright protection; antitrust compliance; and corporate and visa planning. He has been particularly active in representing Finnish and Japanese clients. Among the transactions he has handled were the largest acquisition at the time by a Japanese corporation outside Japan and numerous acquisitions or other transactions in the wireless equipment, biotech and other fields.

Prior to its combining with Holland & Knight in 2001, Mr. Beaton spent his entire legal career with Gilbert, Segall and Young.

Professional Honors & Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2010
  • Rhodes Scholarship Nomination
  • Harvard Center for International Affairs, Associate
  • Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition Finalist
  • James Gordon Bennett Prize, Harvard College


  • International Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on International Sales and Related Commercial Transactions
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Pre-Formation Steering Committee
  • Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Director (2002-present) and President (2007-2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Perspectives on Support Networks," Canada-Finland Trade & Investment Seminar, June 2011
  • "Digital Rights Management," New York Software Industry Association Summit, 2002
  • "The New Era of Corporate Responsibility," New York, 2002
  • "U.S. Corporate Reforms and the European Company," Oslo and Helsinki, 2002
  • "Challenges and Opportunities of a Japanese-American Transaction," AIJA, Cross-Boarder M&A Seminar, 2000
  • "Legal Aspects on VC Funding," Finnish Foreign Trade Association Program, 2000
  • "U.S. Laws on Investing in Vietnam," Symposium sponsored by Gilbert, Segall and Young LLP and Tilleke & Gibbons Consultants Ltd., 1995

Published Articles & Books

  • "What Do Export Regulations Have to Do With Hiring Foreign Nationals?," Labor, Employment and Benefits, Alert - February 25, 2011
  • "As of January 12, 2009, Visa Waiver Travelers to the United States Must Pre-Register," Labor, Employment and Benefits, Alert - January 28, 2009
  • "Changes in the U.S. Cross-border Reporting Requirements (Co-Authored with John Dierking),", 2002
  • "Using the Tax-Free Triangular C Reorganization for Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Businesses (Co-Authored with Mark Stone)," 1 Tax Planning International Mergers & Acquisitions 3, 2002
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions in 2002," Aspen Law & Business, 2002
  • "IBP v. Tyson Foods: Specific Performance Awarded Under Merger Agreement," BNA International Inc., London, 2001
  • "Acquisitions of United States Businesses by Foreign Persons," IAG International News, 1990
  • "Representing the Developer of Mass-Marketed Software," 28 The Practical Lawyer, 1982