Brian Krantz is a corporate and business lawyer with over 25 years’ experience practicing law in Boston, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney, Australia. Brian’s practice is focused on international and technology-related matters, with an emphasis on international transactions, high tech, and military technology for small to medium sized companies. Brian assists clients with joint ventures, teaming, and other strategic arrangements, government contracts, technology development and intellectual property licensing, representation and agency arrangements, international anti-bribery avoidance, and export licensing. Brian also has extensive experience with business and commercial matters, including product manufacturing and distribution arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and due diligence investigations.
Brian began his professional career as a business litigator in the Los Angeles office of Hill Betts & Nash, a large New York firm, where he worked on securities, antitrust and ERISA litigation, and later as a corporate attorney with a Los Angeles business law boutique. Brian then spent two years in Tokyo as a foreign lawyer with Anderson, Mori & Rabinowitz, concentrating on international business and technology, intellectual property, and finance and securities matters, for the firm’s multinational and banking clients. Brian was recruited from Tokyo by Minter Ellison, a large Australian law firm, to work on international projects in its Sydney office. Brian’s work focused primarily on international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, international licensing and commercial matters, public securities offers, and tax-structured intellectual property financing transactions. Brian also developed the due diligence program for public securities offerings that the firm adopted in response to the Australian securities law disclosure regime that was modeled on the US system. While in Sydney, Brian also became qualified as an Australian solicitor.
Brian returned to Los Angeles in 1994 and established a boutique international and technology practice, which included acting as outside international counsel to a large California-based defense contractor, for whom he conducted international due diligence investigations to establish FCPA compliance, and advising and assisting on its foreign commercial and corporate activities and operations. Brian was also retained as general and international counsel to an Australia-based military and aerospace company. In 2008, Brian relocated his law practice to Boston, where he joined Sassoon & Cymrot. Brian was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 2009.