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Duane Morris Partner Jon Grouf Elected Chair of International Bar Association's Legal Practice Division

February 13, 2019

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Jon Grouf

New York, February 13, 2019—Jon Grouf has been elected chair of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA) for a two-year term. Grouf also sits on the IBA’s Management Board and Executive Committee.

The IBA, which currently has a global membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers, is divided into two divisions – the Legal Practice Division (LPD) and the Public and Professional Interest Division. The LPD is the financial engine of the IBA, bringing in almost all of its income. It is responsible for nearly all of the IBA’s legal practice committees and sections – including Agricultural Law; Antitrust; Corporate Law; Criminal Law; Dispute Resolution; Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law; Financial Services; Human Resources; Insolvency; Intellectual Property, Communications and Technology; International Sales, Trade, Franchising and Product Law; Law and Individual Rights; Leisure Industries; Maritime and Aviation Law; Public Law; Real Estate; and Taxation Sections. The Public and Professional Interest Division is responsible for the IBA’s Bar Issues Commission, the Human Rights Institute and the Section on Public and Professional Interest. 

Grouf practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, representing publicly and privately owned domestic and foreign clients in asset and stock acquisitions and sales, corporate governance, employment and shareholders agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, distribution and agency agreements. His practice areas also include estate and trust planning and administration; income and transfer tax structuring for inbound and outbound investments; family succession; compliance, including voluntary disclosures; and pre-immigration and expatriation planning. Such work includes the representation of clients before federal and state tax authorities to resolve domestic and international tax controversies. Grouf also advises clients in real estate acquisitions, financing, leasing and tax-free exchange of office buildings, shopping centers and other real estate holdings.

Grouf's work has a strong cross-border element, with a focus on U.S. and foreign, corporate, tax, trust and commercial law. His clients consist principally of high-net-worth individuals (domestic and non-U.S.) and financial institutions. Grouf is a frequent lecturer and author of articles on these subjects.

Grouf is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation) and Yale University (B.A., cum laude).

About the IBA

The IBA is the global voice of the legal profession. It is the foremost organization for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organization made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice. In the ensuing 70 years since its creation, the organization has evolved from an association comprised exclusively of bar associations and law societies, to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The present membership is comprised of more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms and some 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries.  The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

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