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Kathleen Paisley


Kathleen Paisley is a US national who has been practicing in Brussels, London and The Hague for more than 25 years. She combines a degree from the Yale Law School with an MBA in Finance and has passed the Certified Public Accountancy exam. As member of the New York bar, Kathleen specializes in:

  • International business transactions, especially technology-related
  • Regulatory compliance
  • International dispute resolution
  • EU competition law


International business transactions. Kathleen advises on all aspects of international business transactions particulars involving the commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. Kathleen is co-head of the firm's technology practice and has extensive experience in IP/IT matters in the United States, Europe and Asia, including a recent licensing transaction with estimated value of € 1 billion.

Regulatory Compliance. Kathleen counsels clients with respect to international regulatory compliance related to technology, intellectual property, securities, foreign corrupt practices, and money laundering issues. Her multinational clients find her cross Atlantic experience of these issues to be particularly helpful in understanding their needs for regulatory compliance, which given the increasing importance of regulatory compliance in both the US and the EU are becoming core business priorities for our clients.

Arbitration and mediation. Kathleen is a leading international arbitration expert and has acted in arbitrations and mediations of commercial and investor-State disputes under all the major international arbitration rules related to:

  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Healthcare, biotech, pharma
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction and infrastructure projects
  • Upstream and downstream energy projects of all types
  • Commercial and contractual matters
  • Banking and financial services
  • Shareholder and accounting disputes


LitigationKathleen's litigation experience spans the Atlantic from handling pan-European patent disputes between the world's largest semiconductor and telecommunications companies to trying major cases in the US courts. She also manages European litigation matters and provides litigation support in Europe for US litigation matters.

Antitrust and Competition Law. Kathleen is an expert in US antitrust and EU competition law and particularly the intersection between technology, intellectual property, and competition. She has been involved in some of the most high profile competition matters decided by the European Union institutions over the last two decades and has succesfully counseled clients in all aspects of EU competition law.

Sector Focus. Given her business background, Ms. Paisley finds it key to understand the drivers behind her clients businesses. She focuses her practice primarily on technology, including ICT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotech, consumer goods and energy. By focusing on these areas, she is able to keep up-to-date on the legal, economic and regulatory issues facing these business internationally.


  • AMBOS, Brussels
  • White & Case, London
  • Morrison & Foerster, Brussels

General Counsel and Commercial Director



  • Legal Advisor to US Arbitrators Charles Brower, Richard Allison, and Howard Holtzmann, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, 1987- 1991
  • Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 1986-1987


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1986
  • CPA Exam, Public Accountancy, 1986
  • MBA, Florida Atlantic University (Finance), 1984
  • BS, Florida State University (Business Administration), 1981