Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 36 years experience working in emerging markets. His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is highly regarded for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.
Amsterdam has been retained by multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals on issues pertaining to state intervention, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors. His expertise in political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several governments and world leaders, such as the Republic of Turkey, the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures.
With significant experience on the ground in numerous markets across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk.
The law firm has developed a formidable white collar criminal defence practice, representing companies and executives in complex multinational anti-corruption cases, including advising on matters pertaining to the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other new statutory requirements.
Amsterdam has represented high profile political prisoners, such as the former head of the Yukos oil company in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the Venezuelan businessman Eligio CedenÞo, who were both successfully released into freedom.