The International Practice Group at Arnstein & Lehr LLP represents both U.S. and non-U.S. businesses and individuals in a broad range of commercial transactions and disputes. We advise clients on corporate structuring, financing, tax planning, compliance, intellectual property, insurance issues and a broad range of other areas involved in international commerce transactions. We also handle international arbitration and mediation proceedings.
We can handle cross-border transactions and disputes in many venues. Our team includes attorneys and staff who are fluent in various languages, who have practiced in other countries, and who have handled matters involving parties from many different parts of the world. We have worked extensively to assist businesses and individuals to establish a presence in the U.S., and act as liaisons and “translators” to keep them advised of the legal environment in which they will act, and of differences in business practices and culture that can affect their success.
To enhance our effective representation of clients throughout the globe, we have strategically aligned ourselves with the International Lawyers Network (ILN). Arnstein & Lehr LLP is the only Illinois member of the ILN’s expansive network, which provides access to over 91 select law firms in more than 66 countries. With 5,000 attorney members, the ILN provides a convenient and efficient source of qualified local counsel around the world for the Firm’s domestic clients involved in foreign transactions as well as litigation.
As a result of our Firm’s membership in the ILN’s global network, we have immediate and direct access to lawyers who have firsthand knowledge of a foreign country’s local laws, culture and business practices and environment. With these resources, we are able to quickly respond to our clients’ needs and provide qualified local legal assistance throughout most of the world. We are also well positioned to connect our clients with other types of local resources, such as accountants and expert witnesses, which they may require in a particular foreign country.
Our international services include the following:
International Business Structuring and Entity Formation
We provide business counseling to assist foreign companies with setting up a presence in the United States, including advice regarding the proper choice of entity, and we prepare documentation to form the entity and will make the necessary government filings. We provide similar services for U.S.-based businesses who wish to establish a presence in a foreign country, drawing upon the resources of our ILN member firms. We also assist with transnational mergers and acquisitions, as well as the establishment of joint ventures and other vehicles to conduct foreign business and investment. We are able to provide counseling which takes into account related tax, antitrust and regulatory issues regarding the transactions.
Related Business Matters
We provide assistance in other key business areas, including distributorship and dealer agreements, employment benefit plans and other employee-related issues, investment registration with various U.S. government agencies and government regulation of specific industries. We also provide assistance with insurance issues.
We advise financial institutions and other U.S. business on a broad range of issues involving anti-money laundering. Our experience includes pre-litigation counseling to companies on the reporting of suspicious activities and establishing anti-money laundering compliance programs, as well as reviewing and revising customer profile forms in order to allow our clients to procure the necessary information from their customers. We also provide litigation services in this area.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
We are able to counsel both U.S. and foreign businesses regarding corruption-related matters and provide assistance with establishing and implementing training and compliance programs. We also assist clients with conducting internal investigations of potential corruption issues, as well as investigations in connection with pending governmental investigations. Our services in this area include the representation of businesses in enforcement proceedings.
We provide counseling as to U.S. and foreign regulation of technology transfers and other issues involved technology transfer and sharing arrangements between businesses and individuals. We also negotiate, review and prepare licensing and technology transfer and sharing agreements, and assist with protecting and registering trademark and other intellectual property rights within and outside of the United States.
We provide assistance to foreign based businesses who wish to establish a U.S. subsidiary or other U.S. presence so as to minimize the taxation of their business operations within this country. We also advise U.S. based businesses with tax issues involved in their overseas expansion. We provide tax advice for cross-border business acquisitions and dispositions, mergers, real estate purchase and lease transactions, and joint ventures.
We assist clients with coordinating their estate and gift tax planning in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions, including preparing wills and trusts in the U.S. and will coordinate with overseas counsel for the preparation of foreign estate plans. We also are able to handle international probate and work with foreign counsel to coordinate foreign estate administration.
We provide representation before international arbitration tribunals and in litigation proceedings in foreign countries. Our membership in the global ILN network assists us with the effective handling of a broad range of litigation matters overseas, including regulatory proceedings and other types of disputes involving governmental entities; employment and labor disputes; products liability and other tort litigation proceedings; contractual disputes and other types of commercial litigation; and white collar criminal proceedings. We also assist our clients with the execution and enforcement of judicial and arbitration awards outside the United States.
Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a member of the International Lawyers Network
The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is an association of 91 high-quality, full service law firms with more than 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with legal services in more than 66 countries on six continents. As an ILN member firm, Arnstein & Lehr is experienced in representing international clients from all parts of the world, as well as domestic clients with worldwide interests. ILN member firms operate upon mutual regard that allows them to build and maintain long-standing relationships across a variety of professional disciplines and geographic boundaries. Members meet regularly on worldwide and regional bases to exchange information, ideas, and experiences. For more information about the International Lawyers Network, please visit their Website.