International Private Law
The basics of doing business are pretty much the same throughout the world: Buyer, seller, contract, performance of service or shipment of goods, payment. Beyond the basics, however, both the way business is done and the applicable laws differ greatly in the U.S. and abroad. International treaties apply (or must be excluded). Certain domestic laws apply only to international transactions. International sanctions and export prohibitions must be observed. Payment terms, inspection of goods, import restrictions, taxation, consumer issues, security interests, registration requirements, remedies for breach, tort liability, indemnification clauses, exclusivity provisions, and employment agreements (to name a few issues) are viewed substantially differently in the U.S. as compared to other countries. Intellectual property issues such as copyright enforcement, trademark registration, and control of gray market goods are quite different in the international arena. International litigation and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards require particular expertise as well.
Our attorneys are well-versed in such matters. For many years we have helped both domestic and foreign companies successfully conduct business internationally.