Svetlana V. Petroff

Svetlana V. Petroff is the co-founder of Rowland & Petroff and Ms. Petroff focuses on cross-border corporate and commercial matters, especially for German and French speaking clients.

Ms. Petroff services a number of private clients, predominantly European companies doing business in the United States or European nationals in connection with their U.S. investments. Her domestic practice includes advising clients on choice of business form, incorporating companies (both for profit and not-for-profit), maintaining their corporate books and records, drafting and negotiating their contracts (distributorship, sales representative, shareholder, licensing, employment, consignment, factoring, lease, etc.), rendering general advice on related issues (terms and conditions of sale, financing and securitization, customs clearance, immigration, antitrust, statutory regulation, etc.). She also represents clients in real estate transactions, such as, the purchase, sale and lease of commercial or residential properties, including coops and condominiums, and advising them with respect to other investment vehicles, such as, limited partnerships or brokerage accounts.

In Germany and France, Ms. Petroff cooperates with several firms in various cities, serving as a U.S. legal consultant on Anglo-American legal issues and liaising with those firms’ English- speaking clients. Her engagements might include the review or preparation of a legal document in English, the rendering of a legal opinion on a specifically defined question of U.S. law, or the explication in English of substantive or procedural aspects of the civil law system in terms understandable to an English-speaking client or one familiar with common law jurisprudence.

Svetlana V. Petroff is fluent in French and German.


New York Law School, J.D., 1981; University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law/Faculty of Law, Salzburg University, Austria, LL.M., Transnational Business Practice, 1991, Wellesley College, B.A., with honors, 1978


1982, New Jersey, New York, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and U.S. Court of International Trade; 1992, Florida; 1995, U.S., Supreme Court


The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State, New Jersey State, American (Member, Sections on: International Law and Practice; Business Law; Law Practice Management) and International Bar Associations; The Florida Bar.


Comment, “Constitutional Law–Commerce Clause-State Property Tax on Foreign Commerce-Japan Line Ltd. v. County of Los Angeles,” 26 N.Y.L.S.L. Rev. 619, 1981.
Co-author: “Memorial and Counter-Memorial,” 1981 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition- Eastern Regional Final, Winner Best Brief Award, 2 N.Y.L.S.J. Int’l & Comp. L. 411, 1981.



Svetlana V. Petroff


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