Effective representation of clients in international transactions requires sensitivity to, and understanding of, both U.S. and non-U.S. laws and business cultures. 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 attorneys assist clients in more than 60 different countries, providing tailored legal solutions for a variety of international transactions and regulatory law matters.

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. In addition, our international trade and investment attorneys have deep experience in counseling U.S. and non-U.S. clients on navigating the increasingly complex web of export, import, investment and financial regulations that impact cross-border transactions. Likewise, our international litigators and arbitrators are sensitive 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 with whom we exchange 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 and economic sanctions
  • U.S. customs and foreign import restrictions
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-bribery laws
  • 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
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United State (CFIUS), Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and other reporting requirements regarding foreign investment in or control of U.S. businesses
  • International patent and trademark registration, protection, infringement and arbitration
  • Food product laws
  • International trade regulation
  • Government incentives for foreign direct investment