International Law

In a world that is increasingly smaller and flatter, your best opportunities for new markets, investors, and production facilities may lie across town—or on the other side of the globe. It is essential your corporate counsel not only understands this, but also has the experience and flexibility to support you wherever business takes you.

Our international attorneys have managed mergers and acquisitions in more than a dozen countries outside the United States, including China, Australia, Singapore, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. In all, we have closed more than $2 billion in international transactions.  In fact, our M&A team was recently honored by Acquisition International Magazine’s M&A Awards as the “Most Trusted Boutique Law Firm of the Year in the USA.”

We have advised clients on the unique risks and opportunities that exist in various countries, both during acquisitions and in managing acquired assets and companies after the deal is closed. This includes everything from advising on plant closures to conducting investigations into employee and/or contractor misconduct.

We also evaluate risks for our clients under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (and the UK Bribery Act). On the front end, we recommend deal structures that minimize if not eliminate the risk of liability under these increasingly “strict liability” schemes. Later in the process, we conduct thorough investigations, recommend remedial action, and negotiate improved outcomes with regulatory authorities in the US and elsewhere.

Our international clients range from large Fortune 500 multinationals to technology-based joint ventures and strategic partnerships. In an era where traditional financing sources are more limited, we have found success identifying new funding sources particularly in the Asia/Pacific market.

Representation in this area includes:

  • Advise a leading U.S. software development company in connection with its international expansion currently in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan
  • Advised a leading designer of nuclear power plants and nuclear power plant systems on the proper structure for its Asian operations, negotiated agreements with strategic partners in the region, advised on the best means to transfer assets and employees without triggering undesirable tax and social welfare obligations, and how best to protect intellectual property being transferred into the region with minimal tax impact
  • Represent a leading distribution and supply company in its efforts to expand outside the United States into Central and South America, negotiated distribution agreements, and worked with local counsel to establish enforceable restrictions and protections for the company’s intellectual property
  • Conducted corporate compliance reviews (including FCPA evaluation) relating to foreign operations of U.S.-based manufacturer including issues arising in China, Japan, Spain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, while effectively investigating allegations of wrongdoing, identifying parties involved in any misconduct, and recommending remedial action where appropriate
  • Negotiated a joint venture for a U.S.-based technology startup company with an established Brazilian counterpart, negotiated and drafted agreements pursuing joint business opportunities in Brazil and beyond, met with Brazilian authorities to promote the joint ventures projects

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