Our Team

Randolph M. Wright

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Randolph Wright, and Bridge International, have been active in Russia since 1990, when it began supporting Track II diplomatic initiatives in the former Soviet Union. Randolph M. Wright is general counsel to numerous corporations both in the United States and abroad, advising senior management regarding general corporate affairs, finance, business planning and the resolution of business disputes. As a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, Randolph Wright is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court (1988). Moreover, as a member of the Business Law, International Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of both the ABA and Michigan bars, and a past Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Mr. Wright has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States and abroad.

Currently, Mr. Wright serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground (formerly Chairman), a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization committed to Track II diplomatic initiatives world wide. Mr. Wright speaheaded the work with Search for Common Ground in the 1980s, which led to RBI ’s work in Russia and the NIS. Mr. Wright personally led negotiations with President Yeltsin’s administration, the Russian government, and the Russian Tax Inspection Service on behalf of the Russian companies and their Western joint venture partners.

 

Simon Edelstein

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Mr. Edelstein’s practice over the past fifteen years has concentrated in large part on the negotiation and structuring of trade and investment transactions in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Mr. Edelstein advises clients investing in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He provides advice on a wide range of commercial, corporate, finance, tax, securities, antitrust, currency control, labor laws and other issues of concern to investors, including acquisitions, joint ventures and privatization. Mr. Edelstein also represents Russian and other foreign companies doing business in the United States and advises them on developing corporate structures, on regulatory and general business and commercial matters.

In his immigration practice, Mr. Edelstein represents individuals, closely held and family business, corporations and other institutions across the nation and around the world in deportation, asylum and naturalization matters, as well as in family-based immigration matters. Particularily, he assists in applying for H-1B, H-2B, E, F, J, K, L-1A and B visa applications, as well as Labor Certification and green card applications. Mr. Edelstein also assists clients in obtaining professional nonimmigrant employment-based visas and in obtaining permanent resident status.

Mr. Edelstein was admitted to the Bar of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1977 and to the State Bar of Michigan in 1995. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Edelstein is the author of Foreign Investment in Russia, Wayne State University 1995; Taxation of Foreign Corporations in Russia, Wayne State University 1995; An Introduction to Russian Labor Legislation, Wayne State University 1996; Co-Author: Enforcing Russian Commercial Obligations and Resolving Commercial Disputes in Russia, in Issues for Investment in Today’s Russia, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan 1996.

Mr. Edelstein is a member of the Board of the Russian-American Institute of Industrial Management, a Detroit, Michigan based non-profit organization aimed at developing and facilitating investment and commerce between the U.S. and Russia. Mr. Edelstein speaks and writes Russian, Ukrainian and Uzbek.

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