Our multidisciplinary international practice provides comprehensive counsel to companies doing business on a global basis. We help our clients achieve their international business goals and overcome the challenges posed by cross-border business dealings, including unfamiliar laws, alternative business practices, cultural differences, bureaucratic red tape and foreign language issues.
We have extensive experience helping clients prioritize, structure, document and achieve their global business objectives. We are able to enhance our capabilities by utilizing our network of relationships with select law firms in key jurisdictions around the world. This network extends our reach far beyond the U.S. market and provides clients with the full range of qualified legal advice, enabling us to collaborate with trusted foreign counsel appropriate to the project or matter at hand. As a result, we frequently represent clients in challenging and high-profile international matters in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Lawyers in our international practice provide services covering a broad range of matters, including:
Our international practice includes lawyers who are fluent in many languages. Several of our lawyers are licensed or admitted practitioners in key foreign jurisdictions. Additionally, our International Trade group advises multinational corporations on the full range of international rules and federal laws and programs affecting imports and exports of goods and services into and from the United States. We help companies take full advantage of international agreements that regulate trade, such as the WTO and the NAFTA, and advise sovereigns on negotiations and disputes arising under these agreements.
Because we employ a multidisciplinary approach to serving our clients, we are able to address the full range of business issues faced by U.S. companies conducting business on a global basis and non-U.S. companies with interests in the United States.
Our multidisciplinary international practice provides comprehensive counsel to companies operating on a global basis. We have extensive experience helping clients prioritize, structure, document and achieve their global business objectives. We help our clients overcome the challenges posed by cross-border business dealings, including unfamiliar laws, alternative business practices, cultural differences, bureaucratic red tape and foreign language issues.
A select sample of our recent representations include:
We provide counseling and trial representation for clients in a wide range of markets around the world in connection with antitrust, competition and distribution matters. We advise on premerger filings with the Department of Justice or Federal Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities. To ensure compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and foreign laws, we counsel companies regarding their appointment, management and termination of international distributors and agents. In addition, we assist clients in navigating complex U.S. and European Union privacy and data protection regulations.
We represent major secured and unsecured lenders, creditors’ committees, credit enhancement providers, debtors and various other parties in interest in finance transactions, workouts and bankruptcy matters.
Our Commercial & Public Finance practice encompasses four substantive areas: commercial finance, public finance, structured finance and corporate trust.
In the area of commercial finance, we represent public and private corporate borrowers in obtaining financing for acquisitions and equipment purchases, and for working capital. In addition, we represent financial institutions in establishing a diverse array of financing arrangements to suit the needs of our clients. While most of our lending institution clients are based in the United States, we also have represented a number of foreign banks, including large United Kingdom and Finnish banks.
Our public finance practice includes acting as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, issuers, borrowers, credit enhancement providers and trustees on a wide range of public finance structures. We advise public issuers on a wide variety of financing structures and counsel industrial and other borrowers on the use and advantages of tax-exempt financings. We also represent nonprofit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt financing.
In the area of structured finance, we represent originators, issuers, collateral managers, underwriters, servicers, trustees, investors and special purpose conduits in connection with a wide range of structures involving various asset types.
Our corporate trust experience includes representing financial institutions in corporate and municipal financings, Trust Indenture Act qualified and exempt financings, private placements and structured financings. We also represent trustees, service providers and agents in various types of asset-backed transactions, securitizations, global and project financings, and collateralized financings.
We advise clients on all aspects of construction projects in the United States and around the globe. Our experience covers a wide range of projects including dams, power plants, military and naval facilities, manufacturing facilities and sporting event facilities. We have substantial experience in working on U.S. government construction projects ranging from embassies and consulates to military bases and heavy construction/highway projects.
We advise a broad range of public and private companies and a variety of investment funds and professionals on their most important business transactions and compliance needs, providing trusted counsel across the full range of corporate and governance issues that attend the life and development of any business. Our experience encompasses large and complex matters, both within the United States and across borders, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, public debt and equity offerings, initial public offerings, joint ventures and complex commercial transactions.
We strive to simplify complex intellectual property issues by maintaining a strong focus on the practicalities of our clients’ business needs. We offer in-depth experience in identifying, procuring, exploiting, protecting and enforcing all forms of intellectual property including employment relationships, internet-related issues, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. We are able to provide global assistance to clients by using our established network of intellectual property professionals in countries throughout the world.
Our unique Section 337 trade practice partners with patent holders, investors, fund advisers and patent litigators to file, monitor, opine upon and assist in litigating complaints before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the ITC investigates allegations of certain unfair practices in import trade, including the infringement of certain statutory intellectual property rights, such as patent or registered trademark infringement, and other forms of unfair competition, such as misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, passing off, false advertising and violations of the antitrust laws. Corporations and individuals are increasingly seeking relief from the ITC when they believe their intellectual property rights are being infringed by imported products. Our familiarity with the ITC’s practices and the unique and complex rules and procedures inherent in Section 337 proceedings enables us to vigorously protect our clients’ interests.
Our International Trade group is dedicated to helping clients meet the challenges of the global economy. Clients seek our experience to take advantage of global market opportunities and avoid liability under international trade rules. We advise U.S. and non-U.S. clients on a broad range of U.S. laws and programs affecting trade in goods and services (imports and exports) and foreign investment. We also represent companies and sovereigns in international trade negotiations and disputes, and assist them with trade policy matters.
We use international trade rules to help clients level the global playing field by increasing access to foreign markets or remedying unfair trade practices at home. We provide strategic advice on a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, agency investigations, court litigation, World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations and dispute settlement, and lobbying of the U.S. and other governments.
Our counsel in this area includes representing management in labor, employment, immigration and workers’ compensation matters, serving clients of all sizes, from large, multinational companies to companies with a single office and few employees. We partner with clients to help prevent labor and employment problems by providing training programs and/or implementing cost-effective solutions. We also provide counsel on effective personnel management strategies in union and non-union environments and provide training to help avoid costly litigation.
In addition, we counsel employers on immigration issues, working with them to ensure they are able to transfer, hire and retain foreign workers. We advise on transferring experts from around the world to the United States or transferring experienced managers or executives to the United States to open a new office. By helping human resources personnel and recruiters understand the types of positions suitable for foreign nationals under U.S. immigration laws, we help employers make smart business decisions in obtaining authorization to hire foreign nationals. We also help employers create corporate policies that set appropriate expectations and reduce costs. Our immigration counsel is enhanced by our extensive experience with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Labor, and with U.S. consulates and embassies around the world.
To avoid expensive court litigation and ensure a fair playing field in disputes with foreign companies or governments, many corporations rely on arbitration clauses. Although international arbitration has grown more complex, it remains a more effective and less costly option than national courts for many types of international business disputes. Globalization also has led to increased use of international dispute resolution. Our International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution group helps clients develop and implement strategies to achieve their objectives in international disputes.
We deliver strategic advice and legal representation to clients involved in complex and high-stakes disputes around the globe. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in international arbitrations, as well as in various international dispute resolution fora, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Product safety laws and regulations govern literally thousands of consumer products across a wide variety of industries. We assist a diverse range of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, private labelers, retailers, and other businesses that deal with consumer products with compliance issues, recalls, reporting requirements and related litigation.
Our International Real Estate Team represents U.S. and non-U.S. real estate owners, investors, developers, contractors and financiers in real estate transactions around the globe, including cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, plant separation programs, development, leasing and financing. The breadth and sophistication of our real estate practice permits us to anticipate and accommodate the needs and expectations of our clients and add value to their transactions.
Our clients cover a broad spectrum, from Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations to tax-exempt organizations and closely held businesses. We counsel them on corporate transactions and financings; tax controversy, advocacy and litigation; legislative and regulatory activities; executive compensation and tax planning; international, federal, state and local taxation; and foundation and exempt organization matters.
Non-U.S. entities rely on us for advice on tax planning opportunities and compliance requirements related to acquiring or investing in U.S. real property, including compliance with the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. We assist foreign investors in developing tax-efficient strategies for structuring start-up business ventures in the United States. We counsel U.S. entities on controlled foreign corporation, Subpart F and passive foreign investment company matters and advise U.S. companies with insolvent foreign subsidiaries on tax planning opportunities. In addition, we provide guidance to U.S. and foreign entities on withholding tax, permanent establishment, limitations on benefits and other tax treaty issues.
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