Michael N. Glanz


I assist clients with the challenges they encounter when operating outside their home jurisdiction.

Michael Glanz has an active and extensive cross-border practice. He regularly advises U.S. companies and non-profit organizations operating in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, as well as non-U.S. clients with operations in the U.S. and other countries. Michael counsels these clients on cross-border acquisitions and other transactions, joint venture negotiations, and the structuring of multinational business operations.

Michael counsels companies in an array of industries including biotechnology, technology and software, healthcare and professional services/consulting. He has advised a foreign government on privatizing assets in a variety of industries and also assists non-profit organizations with their global operations.

He chairs Foley Hoag’s International Business Practice and is a past-Deputy Chair of the firm's Business Department.

Prior to joining the firm in 1986, Michael served as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. His responsibilities included development and presentation of U.S. Government positions in international negotiations and arbitral proceedings. In that capacity he served as a Member of the U.S. Delegation for the U.S.-Ethiopian claims negotiations in Addis Ababa, and as an Adviser to the Agent at the U.S.- Iran Claims Tribunal in the Hague.


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Tufts University, B.A., International Relations, magna cum laude, 1981

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia


  • A US biomedical software company with cross-border financings and operations
  • A Swedish company in acquiring a US organ recovery company
  • An Indian apparel manufacturer in setting up operations in the US
  • A US consulting firm in setting up operations in Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and Dubai
  • A leading UK provider of participation media services in the sale of its US operations
  • A Norwegian defense manufacturer in setting up operations in the U.S.
  • A U.S.-based NGO in setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary in India
  • A U.S. travel services company in a reverse acquisition with an Irish company
  • A Malaysian investor in a joint venture in the U.S.
  • Pro Bono assistance to an NGO setting up operations in various countries in South America and Africa
  • U.S. counsel for a Japanese company in its acquisition of a U.S. medical device company
  • Extensive experience with international forestry ventures including acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures in New Zealand, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Guatemala
  • Privatization counsel to the Government of Guyana in connection with the privatization of numerous state owned entities including the national airline and companies in the retail and pharmaceutical sectors.
  • A U.S. manufacturer in acquiring operations in Spain and Mexico
  • Assisted a U.S. high technology company in setting up a wholly-owned distribution network in Europe and Asia
  • A U.S. company in the sale of manufacturing and distribution operations in the U.K., France and Australia


  • Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Law for Non-U.S. Businesses, Editor 
  • "Some Important Considerations When Starting Up Operations Abroad," The MIT Enterprise Forum Reporter

Honors & Involvement

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rating
  • Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • John Ordronaux Prize for Academic Distinction, Columbia Law School
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, AIM International Business Council (2010 - present), Vice Chair (2015 - present)
  • Member, International Executives Resources Group (2009 - present)
  • Boston Bar Association, International Law Section, Co-Chair (2000 to 2002), Vice Chair (1999-2000)
  • Boston Bar Association, International Transactions Committee, Co-Chair (1999-2001)

Speaking Engagements

  • "The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," International Executive Resources Group - Boston Chapter, FCPA Roundtable
  • "Doing Business in the U.S. - Legal and Other Considerations," i2an Annual Meeting
  • Chair, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education:  Doing Business Abroad - A lawyer’s tool kit for the global age
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education: Corporate Basics - Licensing; International Contracting
  • Guest lectures on international joint ventures at MIT Sloan School