Peter Santos is an experienced business lawyer who currently sits on the firm’s Board of Directors. His focus is on representing companies of all sizes in various business-related matters and, when necessary, in litigation. His practice has often been on behalf of international companies operating in the U.S. and, as a former resident of London, Peter has worked with a broad range of international clients advising them on issues arising under American law. He has also worked with Nexsen Pruet’s Economic Development Team to help clients identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow their businesses in North America.
Peter’s work has focused on assisting companies in commercial transactions. Almost every day Peter and his team are drafting, reviewing, negotiating and advising clients on a wide range of commercial agreements. Recent significant projects have included an international distribution agreement for equipment using artificial intelligence to process waste, a multi-year manufacturing agreement covering consumer products that will be made in seven different countries and sold throughout the world, and adapting an extensive set of commercial agreements that were created for use in Europe to American legal standards. A regular part of their practice is implementing proper procedures to assure acceptable terms and conditions are in place.
Peter and his team regularly advise clients on commercial sales and financing arrangements. This can include the creation and operation of equipment leasing programs which may include cross border leasing, the negotiation of sales and distribution agreements, development agreements, and licensing arrangements. They have also been engaged to provide substantive work on joint development agreements and cross border financing.
Peter practiced law at a large Pittsburgh based law firm before relocating in 2001 to open and manage its Charlotte office. In 2004, he joined Nexsen Pruet. From 2011 through 2014, he worked in London increasing his experience in international matters, including both international commercial transactions and international arbitration of disputes. For the past three years, he has been active in matters involving Chinese companies.
Resolving commercial disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation when problems arise are another part of Peter’s legal practice. For many years he handled the defense of asbestos lawsuits and brings years of experience personally handling and managing thousands of lawsuits across the U.S. In addition to over fifty different defendants, Peter represented a major industrial equipment manufacturer in all of their cases across the U.S. for ten years. When retained, the company had been sued in more than 20, 000 cases in more than 20 states. When he left for England, Peter had reduced that number to less than 500.
•Martindale Hubbel AV Rated
•Previously a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Peter may be part fish and part bird.
He is an active scuba diver, and has spent time under water in most of the major seas and some of the best dive locations around the world. This corresponds to Peter’s interest in traveling - he usually logs hundreds of thousands of miles a year flying for business and personal travel. Ask him about a recent trip, and he'll surely have one to tell you about.
Speaking & Writing
•Happy Chinese New Year!
February 8, 2016
•14th Annual CLE Ethics Seminar
October 30, 2015
•DHG China Resources Seminar Series - Official Presenter
April 13, 2015
Peter frequently speaks to employees of his clients on issues related to contract law including terms and conditions of sale and purchase and contract review and approval procedures. His speaking engagements typically include, at least several times a year, customized training classes on commercial law for business people.
Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Contracts Symposium, November 2013, “The Ps and Qs of Ts and Cs - Three Key Contract Provisions You Need When Trouble Comes: Warranty, Indemnification, Data Privacy.”