Practice

Mr. Kramer has particular familiarity with how business is done in France and elsewhere in the EU. He is also familiar with the expectations of American customers, suppliers and partners. He has been highly successful in preserving an atmosphere of mutual respect around conference tables in his role as clients’ “hired American.”

Steve’s practice is focused on business, commercial and contractual law, corporate and entity transactions ranging from incorporation and the formation of legal entities to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and complex shareholder agreements. He has substantial experience in several sectors including, the automotive industry, restaurants and related hospitality, fine chemicals, para-pharmacy, publishing and media, freight-forwarding, fashion, wine and food.  Steve works with charitable entities, assisting them in obtaining tax exemptions and, as well, in counseling 501(c)(3) organizations and their Boards in appropriate conduct.

He has been an active arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, where in addition to the general commercial panel, he sits on the complex cases and international panels.

From his more than 20 years of service as an arbitrator, Steve has learned much regarding how clients determine business strategies and evaluate business options. His background as a commercial lawyer and accountant allows him to bring a practical perspective to the panels on which he serves and to business matters for which clients seek his counsel.

Articles and Miscellanea

“How to Counsel Foreign Clients,” by Stephen D. Kramer, The Practical Lawyer, January 1988, at 69.

“Pourquoi le Delaware?  Les Raisons d’y Implanter Votre Filiale, » by Stephen D. Kramer, Crédit Lyonnais International, October 1988, p.15  (Reprinted 1998).

Steve has written course materials for a presentation in Paris to the French in-house legal department of Société Générale on the subject of the American federal system of justice. He has

also written an explanation of American Depositary Receipts, since translated into Italian and French, initially used for a presentation to the Comité du Second Marché.

Articles quoting Steve (or about him) have appeared in Entrepreneur Magazine, France-Amérique and l’Entreprise, the latter being a regional publication reporting on economic issues of local importance to industrial leaders in Rhône-Alpes and vicinity.

Education

  • The Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Juris Doctor 1974
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    B.S. Economics, cum laude, 1971
    Major:  Accounting
    Non-Business Concentration:  French

Academic Achievements and Honors:

  • Beta Gamma Sigma (business honorary society);
  • Beta Alpha Psi (accounting honorary society);
  • Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants Prize for the most outstanding Accounting student in Senior Year;
  • Sphinx Senior Society (University honorary society for outstanding campus leaders)

Admissions and Certifications

  • Bar admissions:  New York State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Public Accountant:  Licensed by the State of New York

At the time Steve was admitted to the New York Bar, he was the youngest person ever to have been licensed in New York in both professions to that day.

Language Competencies

  • English – fluent, native;
  • French – fluent;
  • Spanish – working knowledge