Our Firm

STAIRS DILLENBECK FINLEY was formed in 1977 to provide legal representation to individuals and businesses involved in domestic and cross-border transactions and investments. We have extensive practical commercial experience, foreign law capabilities, language skills, and understanding of international and domestic business and finance.

  • We employ a personalized approach to the practice of law. Our clients deal with senior lawyers having substantial legal and practical experience and seasoned judgment.
  • We have developed a network of law firms and commercial and public sector contacts throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to enable us to serve our clients in those markets.
  • Our lawyers and staff have fluency in Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.





We specialize in the representation of non-U.S. clients, particularly from Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America and the Middle East, conducting business and investing in the United States and U.S. clients conducting business and investing abroad.

We provide services to our clients in connection with the following matters:

Market Entry and Business Development

Strategic and tax planning; development of new businesses, joint ventures and strategic alliances; acquisitions; development and execution of exit strategies

Finance and Capital Formation

Private offerings of debt and equity securities; private equity and venture capital funding; commercial loans

Real Estate

Real estate development and finance; purchase and sale of property; construction contract negotiation and implementation


Tax Reporting, Compliance and Corporate Administration

Coordination with domestic and international tax advisors; preparation and filing reports with federal and state agencies; corporate "housekeeping"

Private Client Services

Representation of family offices, entrepreneurs and business owners in connection with personal business matters, immigration, tax planning and succession including trusts


All areas of civil litigation and torts

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Representative Matters

  • Advised a Fortune 500 company with respect to the operations of its Latin American subsidiaries and the disposition of its properties in Central America
  • Advised a Fortune 500 company with respect to the disposition of its manufacturing and commercial facilities properties in South America
  • Advised US and Scandinavian investors in connection with the development of commercial farming ventures in Brazil
  • Advised Middle Eastern and European clients on matters of equine law and Olympic regulations
  • Advised an international on-line travel and lodging company from inception to its sale to an Australian Public Company


  • Advise European, Scandinavian and Middle Eastern investors in connection with the acquisition of technology, biotechnology and life science companies
  • Advise European, Scandinavian and Middle Eastern investors in connection with private equity investments
  • Advise a Scandinavian investment bank in connection with US matters
  • Advise Norwegian and Swedish investment funds in connection with the acquisition, development, management and disposition of US commercial real estate projects, including commercial properties, shopping centers, “greenfield” investments, hotels, and multi-family residential properties
  • Advise a Swiss family office in connection with its charitable donations in support of medical research
  • Advise non-US companies in connection with the incorporation, acquisition and disposition of companies in the energy and health care fields
  • Advise US and European companies in connection with commercial litigation matters in Germany
  • Advise Spanish and Mexican companies in connection with US market entry, including tax planning, company formation, joint ventures, immigration and personnel matters
  • Advise Scandinavian, Swiss and Mexican investment groups in connection with the US tax aspects of corporate reorganizations
  • Advise a Mexican investment group in connection with an investment in a cross border passenger and cargo terminal on the US/Mexico border


Stairs Dillenbeck Finley

200 Park Avenue South, Suite 511

New York, New York 10003


Telephone: +1 212.697.2700 Facsimile:+1 212.687.3523

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Our law firm provides services to companies, family offices, ultra high-net worth individuals, and investment funds in their cross-border transactions within the U.S. and abroad.


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Telephone: +1 212.697.2700