Importers and exporters are governed by a variety of legislative environments depending on their country of origin. Carrying out international trade transactions requires that companies understand all the various rules and regulations to protect themselves from the potential costs and risks of doing business abroad.
Our international trade attorneys are well-versed in the legal and regulatory conditions affecting international business. We negotiate and structure international trade transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing agreements, distributorship and sales agency agreements, and cross-border secured financing transactions. In structuring these transactions, we seek to achieve our clients’ business goals while protecting them from uncertainty. We also make sure that the structure satisfies the jurisdictional requirements and that the effects of the relevant tax laws have been taken into account.
We advise clients in connection with transactions that may be subject to review by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) including evaluating whether a voluntary submission to CFIUS should be made, and if so, developing and implementing a strategy to seek an expeditious conclusion of the review process. We also represent clients in connection with facilities working on classified contracts and with strategies to mitigate foreign ownership, control, and influence (“FOCI”), including negotiations with the Defense Security Service of the U.S. Department of Defense.
We assemble experienced legal teams tailored to meet the requirements of a specific deal, drawing upon, as needed, our attorneys skilled in the areas of finance, securities, corporate governance, employee benefits, environmental, trade, intellectual property, employment, and labor law. Further, our global network of international counsel with whom we consult on local commercial, investment, tax, and other laws ensures that clients receive advice that complies with local law and is consistent with their overall goals.