Overview

Harold Nathan believes that listening is as important as advising in order to meet a client’s objectives as completely and efficiently as possible. Harold counsels clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contracts, and banking and finance. He draws on the support of firm resources and practice groups to address a wide range of matters of concern to his clients, including taxation, intellectual property licensing, real estate and employment.

Harold began his commercial law practice in Japan and over the years he has continued to represent many clients based in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Harold also acts for U.S.-based commercial and financial institutions, including community banks. In his representation, he applies his knowledge and experience to a matter by first appreciating and considering the context in which it arises, rather than approaching it from a narrow or entirely specialized perspective.

  • Experience

    Harold’s illustrative matters have included:

    • Acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures in the United States and abroad in the automotive, equipment leasing, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, insurance, oil and gas, advertising, chemicals, machinery, steel, agricultural and banking industries.
    • Review of private equity documentation for multiple investments by a major Japanese financial institution.
    • Counsel on development projects in Southeast Asia concerning natural resources, including oil and natural gas.
    • Drafting of comprehensive legal compliance programs.
    • Negotiating contractual and intellectual property arrangements between government and privately funded biotechnology organizations in Japan and U.S. service providers.
    • Organizing and providing legal advice for two New York-based community banks and a property and casualty insurance company.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Yale Law School, J.D., 1966
    • Cornell University, B.A., 1963

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • Connecticut
    • U.S. Supreme Court

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association
          • New York City Bar Association
        • Insights

          Speeches & Presentations

          Harold has been an instructor and speaker on corporate law subjects in the United States and in several other countries, including:

          • Korea where he spoke about the “Regulatory Implications for Acquisitions of U.S. Biotech Companies.”
          • Nigeria and The Gambia where, under UN auspices, he instructed university students in American-style mergers and acquisition practice.
        • Citizenship

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          Harold acts as general outside corporate counsel to a New York-based not-for-profit organization providing abused and trafficked women in India and Southeast Asia with training in manufacturing commercially attractive products that can be sold through major U.S. retailers.