NEW YORK – Today, Pillsbury announced the arrival of Geoffrey Sant, a Litigation partner representing global clients in high-stakes banking and complex commercial disputes. Sant, who was previously a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, will reside in New York and will continue to spend a substantial amount of time in Asia.

“For global companies, having trusted legal counsel who they can rely on to protect their interests, wherever they do business, has become a requirement,” said Deborah Baum, leader of Pillsbury’s Litigation practice section. “As a U.S. lawyer, Geoffrey’s ability to collaborate with Chinese clients and understand complex Chinese laws and documents is exceedingly rare. His knowledge of the language, the law and his unparalleled commitment to the client relationship will serve our clients incredibly well.”

Fluent in Mandarin, Sant has won seven- and eight-figure judgments in favor of Chinese clients while also successfully defending $1 billion suits against them. He also has defended numerous Chinese companies in employment disputes brought by U.S. employees. In addition to his vast experience in China, Sant has a growing practice in Latin America.

“The rate of disputes involving Chinese companies is rising steadily,” Sant said. “Pillsbury’s strong stable of litigation and arbitration lawyers, and significant foothold in the Asian region, will greatly benefit my clients. I’m particularly thrilled to join a firm with a clearly stated commitment to the financial services and aviation sectors, which are two rapidly expanding aspects of my practice.”

Sant’s addition is another step in the ongoing expansion of both Pillsbury’s global disputes capabilities and the firm’s presence in Asia. In May, the firm announced the opening of a Taipei office helmed by Intellectual Property Litigation partners Christopher Kao and David Tsai. Last year, partner Deborah Ruff joined the firm in London, bringing substantial international arbitration experience in the energy, infrastructure and construction, telecommunications, financial and corporate sectors. Likewise, in May, Pillsbury welcomed noted international arbitration practitioner Bob Sills to its New York office. His four decades of experience covers the banking, energy, private equity and telecommunications industries.