Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges

Blank Rome’s attorneys serve as trusted advisers to both U.S. and foreign-based entities, including multinational corporations, financial institutions, family offices, and entrepreneurs, in helping structure, negotiate, and document transactions and joint ventures across national borders. The Firm provides sophisticated counsel on corporate and regulatory law, as well as on all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.

We work with clients on a wide range of cross-border matters, including corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements (including terms and conditions of sale), governmental regulation, litigation, arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution, intellectual property matters, labor relations and employee benefit work, environmental and other safety and health-related issues, product liability matters, and other business services.

Many of our attorneys are fluent in multiple foreign languages and have strong professional relationships with counsel in countries worldwide. Their familiarity with the business culture in countries around the globe enables them to serve as effective advocates for our clients.

Specifically, our cross-border team provides strategic counsel regarding:

  • the negotiation of effective agreements between U.S. and non-U.S. entities, as well as advising on issues of sovereignty and international law;
  • cross-border sales of goods and services, and technology and other intellectual property transfers;
  • structuring acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, sales of businesses, repatriation of earnings, currency transactions, and the insuring of foreign investments, including matters such as securities, financing, environmental, labor, benefits, and real estate issues that arise in these transactions;
  • advice on all aspects of international trade regulation, including trade remedies and
    International Trade Commission (“ITC”) practices, customs and border protection, export controls and economic sanctions, trade agreements and treaties, and compliance with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”);
  • foreign tax matters, including structuring inbound and outbound investments, branch profits tax, transfer pricing, interest-stripping, tax withholding, and tax treaties;
  • the establishment of foreign entities, including hybrid entities, controlled foreign corporations, and passive foreign investment companies, as well as the maximization of foreign tax credits on worldwide income and tax residency issues;
  • debt, equity, and hybrid financings and restructurings involving public and private sources of capital;
  • real estate matters, including development and planning, projects and construction, large loan, mezzanine, A/B and preferred equity origination, loan workouts, NPL pool acquisitions, distressed debt acquisition (including loan-to-own strategies), investment, corporate occupation, tax, finance, securitization, real estate investment fund formation, structuring and joint ventures, and complex real estate mergers and acquisitions;
  • preparation of successful EB-5 transactions, requiring sophisticated corporate, tax, investment, and immigration law advice;
  • litigating every aspect of U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright law for clients in dozens of industries; and
  • complex, multijurisdictional, and international maritime and admiralty matters.

Our cross-border attorneys offer proactive, insightful, and actionable legal advice to help clients manage the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Our attorneys are viewed as trusted advisers whose knowledge and experience reaches throughout the globe, providing a range of services designed to help our clients succeed and solve problems wherever and whenever they arise.

Global Reach

Our attorneys have strong relationships with local business organizations and law firms all over the world, including in Central America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Blank Rome’s attorneys in our Representative Office in Shanghai are especially well-positioned to assist clients in China and throughout Asia and Oceania. Many of our attorneys are fluent or conversant in languages other than English, including Cantonese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Hindi, Mandarin, Norwegian, and Spanish. Members of our cross-border team are admitted to practice in Australia, Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Shanghai, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Representative Cross-Border Matters*

  • Siemens, a multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company headquartered in Germany, in numerous commercial, intellectual property, and employment litigation matters. We also serve on Siemens’ M&A and venture capital, financial services, commercial litigation, and equipment lease enforcement litigation outside counsel panels and are actively called upon to handle engagements in those areas.
  • Depuy Synthes (“Synthes”), a multinational medical device manufacturer based in Switzerland, in prosecuting numerous matters, including Lanham Act violations, unfair competition claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-compete agreement violations, and breaches of fiduciary duty. We have also defended Synthes in criminal prosecutions by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, products liability lawsuits, whistleblower lawsuits, defamation cases, class and representative employment actions, individual discrimination cases, wrongful discharge cases, and breach of contract actions. In June 2012, Johnson & Johnson acquired Synthes for $20 billion. Johnson & Johnson continues to use Blank Rome in a similar capacity.
  • EMTV, a German public company, in its $1 billion-plus acquisition of the Jim Henson Company (the Muppets), and the later sale of Henson properties to, inter alia, Children’s Television Network (Sesame Street).
  • A consortium of English and Swiss investors in the acquisition of Mongolian tin and gold mines.
  • Worldnet International Couriers, an international logistics company, in its restructuring and related acquisitions.
  • The introduction of NetJets to Europe and other international markets.
  • Audi and its subsidiaries, in numerous intellectual property matters, including with regard to U.S. trademarks and infringement litigation.
  • VW Group, in certain intellectual property matters over the last 12 years, including the representation of Bugatti International SA in multiple trademark infringement litigations, both as plaintiffs and as defendants.
  • Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries, in a large number of corporate transactions, including a $120 million loan to a hedge fund, as well as financings for shipping terminal projects and ship finance. We also assisted Deutsche Bank and HSH Nordbank on a syndicated loan to the Bominflot Group (a global provider of fuel to the shipping industry).
  • Oldendorff, a multinational integrated shipping company based in Germany, in various commercial matters in the United States, including joint venture agreements and real estate transactions. We also represent Oldendorff with regard to maritime claims.
  • Heraeus, on a variety of litigation, IP, and corporate/M&A matters for more than 12 years. We first represented Heraeus Electro-Nite (“HEN”) in connection with intellectual property litigation. Acting as HEN’s lead counsel, we secured millions of dollars by initiating and prosecuting two patent infringement cases against HEN’s then-major competitors, Midwest Instrument Company (“Minco”) and Vesuvius USA. In 2012, we assisted both Heraeus Electro-Nite and Heraeus Holdings GmbH with due diligence and the eventual acquisition of Minco.
  • Santander Bank, N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group, in their real estate financings. We recently advised the bank on construction financing for a redevelopment project in Helmetta, New Jersey, consisting of multiple apartment buildings, townhomes, and a swimming pool and other amenities.
  • General Cable Corporation, a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty, construction and communications markets, on their international corporate operations and matters in eight different countries, including their purchase of companies in the United Kingdom, Asia, and South America.
  • Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, and Hana Bank, leading banks based in Seoul, South Korea, acting as administrative and collateral agents in providing a $68 million commercial mortgage loan to finance the purchase of a Class-A office building in Washington, D.C.
  • China Shipping, in connection with the Ocean Three carrier alliance involving China Shipping, CMA CGM, and United Arab Shipping Company. Our involvement includes advising China Shipping on compliance with the Shipping Act of 1984, drafting and negotiating the carrier alliance agreement, and filing the agreement with the United States Federal Maritime Commission. We continue to advise China Shipping with respect to the Ocean Three alliance, including the filing of periodic monitoring reports with the FMC.
  • Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest provider of executive searches, in connection with its $500 million acquisition of the Hay Group Companies. The transaction involved acquiring Hay Group subsidiaries from around the world, including Hay Group subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America. It also involved antitrust filings in the United States, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. We were lead counsel and engaged and managed over a dozen local law firms around the world with respect to regulatory, employment, and compliance issues involved in this transaction. We also represented Korn/Ferry International in connection with the acquisition of Whitehead Mann LLP (UK) from Och Ziff Capital Management Group.
  • Eximbank, the major supporter of trade transactions of U.S.-made goods and services, in connection with international trade finance transactions in Russia, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic.
  • Odebrecht Oil & Gas, a Brazilian shipping company, in the bondholder restructuring of approximately two billion dollars of debt issued by Odebrecht.
  • HSBC Brasil (Brazil), in prosecuting a $50 million claim under a trade finance insurance policy.
  • Credit Suisse AG, London branch (UK), as a creditor in the chapter 15 case of Kazakhstan bank.
  • Commerzbank AG (Germany), as the largest creditor of Arcapita Bank, an insolvent Bahrainian bank.
  • Berlin Atlantic Capital, a German private equity firm, as an equity sponsor of a life settlement trust in a restructuring and bankruptcy case.
  • Roquette Freres (France), a world leader in the starch manufacturing industry, in connection with FTOs and counseling.
  • Saint-Gobain (France), a world leader in the habitat and construction markets, in connection with counseling, litigation, M&A, and patent portfolio management.
  • L’Oreal (France), a cosmetics company, as a controlling shareholder of Sanofi Synthelabo in its $65 billion purchase of Adventis.
  • BASF (Germany), a chemical company, in connection with patent counseling.
  • Mayne Pharma (Australia), in its $50 million acquisition of a branded pharma product Nipent, used to treat Hairy Cell Leukemia.
  • Hospira (based in Chicago, now a sub-company of Pfizer), in acquiring a biosimilar manufacturing facility located in Croatia.
  • Bridge Tower Partners GP LP, a fund formed by and for Chinese investors, which owns and manages a portfolio of single and multifamily homes. Founded in April 2013 with a dozen properties, Bridge Tower has grown to over 400 properties today. Blank Rome advised the fund on their investments through the U.S.
  • J.F. Lehman & Co., a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with an acquisition of Callenberg Technology Group, a maritime-related mechanical engineering business based in Norway with operations across Europe.
  • Hyundai, in connection with the acquisition of U.S.-based commercial real estate through a real estate investment trust structure.
  • Verizon International Holdings Ltd., with respect to the issuance of $100 million Series A Variable Term Voting Cumulative Preferred Voting Stock.
  • Avis Europe plc, a rental car company, in an offering (pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S) of shares and ADSs globally coordinated by Merrill Lynch and NatWest Markets. The shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange, with proceeds of $430 million.
  • Kuwait Investment Office of the Kuwait Investment Authority, in a block offering of a three-percent stake in The British Petroleum Company pic to Goldman Sachs, with proceeds of two billion dollars.
  • United Pan-Europe Communications, N.V., a Dutch telecommunications provider, in an offering (registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission) of shares and ADSs lead managed by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, with proceeds of $874 million.
  • A Thai bank, in an offering (pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S) of five percent Non-Cumulative Convertible Voting Class B Preferred Shares and Warrants to Purchase Class B Preferred Shares of the issuer by Thai Military Bank Public Company Limited, the Thai Ministry of Finance, globally coordinated by Credit Suisse First Boston, with proceeds of $650.5 million.

* The listed transactions include certain transactions involving Blank Rome attorneys that were consummated at prior law firms.