Effective representation of clients in international transactions requires sensitivity to, and understanding of, foreign cultures, languages and laws. U.S. business practices are not necessarily the norm throughout the world, and U.S. law differs markedly from the law in many foreign countries. From offices in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Porter Wright's international attorneys have assisted clients in over 60 different countries on all continents, tailoring legal solutions for a variety of transactions in major international arenas.

While today’s international issues are complex – and not always obvious – we work with clients to ensure a successful transaction, no matter the business issue at home or abroad. Our international transaction lawyers, including those fluent in German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean, are sensitive to the nuances and potential snares of transacting business under different systems of law. Likewise, our international litigators and arbitrators are perceptive to the unique aspects of cross-border dispute resolution. Our team has worked with foreign legal systems in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, including China and Japan. To complement our in-house depth, Porter Wright maintains long-established relationships with foreign law firms on whom we rely for expertise in specific transactions or disputes.

Porter Wright attorneys have engaged in a variety of international business transactions, consulting on:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • International tax and estate planning
  • Export controls
  • U.S. customs and foreign import restrictions
  • Foreign corrupt practices
  • Cross-border M&A
  • Hiring of foreign nationals
  • International data privacy
  • Executive compensation issues and agreements
  • International tax structuring and obligations
  • Federal, state and local sales, use, value added and income taxes
  • Federal and state reporting requirements triggered by foreign ownership of U.S. businesses
  • International patent and trademark registration, protection, infringement and arbitration
  • Food product laws
  • Currency exchange
  • International trade regulation
  • Government incentives for foreign direct investment