International Business Transactions

International  Projects. The firm has acted as lead  counsel on overseas acquisitions, divestitures,  equity and contractual joint ventures, project and structured finance transactions, and other international and cross-border financings.  We are highly experienced in private party  negotiations having structured all types of joint ventures, consortium agreements, joint development agreements and all  other forms of commercial teaming and participation arrangements  commonly used internationally.

Overseas Activities and Foreign  Investments.  The firm works with multinational clients to structure and implement overseas commercial strategies and address the legal aspects of overseas  operational issues. We advise on corporate governance issues,  joint venture and partnership concerns, international contracting techniques, and corporate risk management and risk mitigation programs relating to international operations. We guide clients entering new or developing international legal and regulatory environments, where the rules are not always clear,  and advise on the structure of sales organizations, marketing  arrangements, franchise and distribution arrangements, and on the licensing and transfer of intellectual property.

International Tax  Planning.  The firm advises clients on  the proper investment and operational structures for  cross-border and other international projects and transactions, taking into account tax deferral and tax minimization opportunities available through the interaction of tax and investment treaties between the U.S. and the country or  countries in which the transaction or operation is to be carried  out. Our international tax practice specializes in structuring  U.S. overseas operations from both the U.S. and foreign tax  perspectives and in addressing the U.S. federal income tax and  state tax needs of non-U.S. parent companies with U.S. investments and operating affiliates. We also have considerable  experience in addressing international transfer pricing  issues.

Extraterritorial U.S. Laws and Regulations.  The firm regularly advises multinational clients on the application of U.S. laws and regulations to overseas operations. From evaluating the  application of U.S. Export Administration Regulations to exports of equipment and technology, to contesting levies imposed by the United States Customs Service, to assisting on the design of export compliance programs for trading with countries subject to  limited or comprehensive U.S. trade sanctions, the firm can assist clients in maintaining a comprehensive corporate compliance program for their international holding companies and  foreign subsidiaries. 

Representing Non-U.S. Clients in the U.S.  We have  experience in advising non-U.S. based multinationals in their investments, operations and capital financings in the United States. We have represented non-U.S. clients in connection with joint venture negotiations with U.S. partners, advised on the  corporate and tax planning for U.S. operations, and developed  risk mitigation strategies for the avoidance of U.S. regulatory impacts and litigation claims and liabilities.