Thelen, Bruce C.


Michigan State University

  • High Honor

University of Michigan Law School

  • cum laude

Bar Admission


New York

Bruce C. Thelen


Prominent Assignments

International business and finance in all regions of the world:

  • Export, import, customs and international trade
  • Supply chain compliance and risk management
  • Distribution, marketing and licensing arrangements
  • Establishment of subsidiaries, branch offices and facilities
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Acquisitions and direct investments
  • Litigation abroad
  • Crossborder financing
  • Letters of credit and trade finance
  • Interest rate and currency swaps and derivatives
  • Professional Involvement

    • Advisory Board Member, Leading Lawyer Network
    • International Bar Association (London, England) - Governing Council Member; Officer, North American Regional Forum; Chair, International Sales Committee; Chair, Subcommittee on Financial Aspects of International Sales 
    • Appointed to serve on Michigan District Export Council by U.S. Secretary of Commerce
    • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 
    • Founder, Chairman and Director, German American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan; Board of Directors, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Chicago
    • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce - Business Attraction Steering Committee; Detroit Regional Economic Partnership Advisory Board; Executive Committee, World Trade Club and International Business Council; Chairman, European Mission Committee; Leadership Detroit Program
    • Chairman, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
    • Admitted to practice in US Court of International Trade 

    Community Involvement

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, International Transaction Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
    • Advisory Council, Center for International Business Education, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    • Advisory Board, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Board of Visitors, Office of the International Programs, Wayne State University
    • Advisory Committee, International Legal Studies Program, Wayne State University Law School
    • Advisory Board, Joint US/Canadian J.D. Program, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and University of Windsor Faculty of Law
    • United Way Community Services, Southeast Michigan - Community Leaders Council; Strategic Planning Committee; Chairman, Research and Information Services Committee; Fund Allocation Panel


    • Co-Chair and Moderator, Full Day Program, “The State of the Global Automotive Industry: How Restructuring, Regulation and Innovation will Affect the Industry’s Future,” Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA), Vancouver, British Columbia
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    • Best Lawyers in America , International Trade and Finance Law
    • Michigan Super Lawyers, International, Corporate and Banking
    • Martindale-Hubbell™ and American Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer in Banking & Finance Law
    • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent peer review rated
    • DBusiness Top Lawyer, Corporate, International Trade and Finance Law
    • Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) awarded in December, 2000 by President of Federal Republic of Germany  
    • Recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World