Porter Wright’s International Business & Trade Practice Group attorneys offer clients from around the world and across the country access to legal solutions tailored to meet the needs of a variety of international transactions and regulatory law matters.

Serving international clients in the U.S.

For clients outside the United States seeking to establish business in the United States or for those foreign entities with operations on U.S. soil, we provide a comprehensive array of services including counsel on:

  • business operations and corporate structuring, including entity selection and formation
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and other reporting requirements for foreign investments in or control of U.S. businesses
  • location and expansion incentives
  • tax
  • litigation and arbitration
  • intellectual property
  • immigration
  • labor and employment
  • antitrust
  • data protection 
  • U.S. customs and foreign import restrictions

In particular, we work closely with a number of companies in Germany and the European Union, China and Southeast Asia, Japan, and Latin America. Our team includes attorneys who are fluent in German, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Spanish and who understand fully and are adept at bridging fundamental differences in legal systems and cultures. 

Serving U.S.-based clients across the globe

For U.S.-based clients doing business abroad, we assist them in navigating the increasingly complex web of export, import, investment, data and financial regulations that impact cross-border business and transactions. We have deep experience in:

  • global trade, including export controls and global sanctions
  • customs
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-bribery laws
  • data privacy, including GDPR
  • cross-border litigation and arbitration
  • cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • intellectual property protection
  • international financing
  • international tax structuring and obligations 
  • estate planning

When appropriate, we also connect clients focused on international business with an extensive network of legal counsel around the world with whom we collaborate and exchange expertise in specific transactions or disputes