Billions of dollars have been made by companies around the world using the legal services of Fredrikson & Byron’s International Department. From offices in the U.S., Mexico and China, our attorneys have advised on successful business transactions in 10 languages in more than 40 countries.
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What We Do
We combine an in-depth knowledge of legal systems around the world, our vast linguistic capabilities, and decades of experience doing business overseas to assist companies in a broad spectrum of foreign transactions, including commercial and financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, real estate, labor and employment, distribution of goods and services, sales networks, franchising, strategic alliances, joint ventures, partnerships, litigation, arbitration, intellectual property, technology, anti-corruption, trust and estate planning, customs, and immigration. Since 1986, our legal specialists from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia have successfully negotiated and concluded hundreds of business transactions for American and foreign companies of virtually every size, from small and mid-size private companies to Fortune 500 companies, that desire to develop and expand their international business.
The following is a sampling of the types of transactions that the International Department assists with around the world:
Advised U.S. energy company on the design, manufacture, installation and sale of its equipment in 25 countries around the world. Our involvement has included drafting and negotiating contracts, intellectual property protection, international tax structuring and cross-border employment law issues.
Assisted a U.S. restaurant franchise company in expanding its franchise concept to 12 countries overseas. We advised on international franchise matters, foreign government registration issues, international tax planning, and preparation of the franchise documents.
Assisted a U.S. cosmetics company in the development and expansion of its distribution network worldwide. We worked on negotiating and drafting distributor and sales representative agreements, customs matters, foreign registration issues, foreign intellectual property protection and tax planning.
Assisted a U.S. real estate developer in establishing and developing real estate projects throughout Latin America. Our involvement included foreign real property issues, foreign government registrations, and approvals and preparation of purchase agreements and development contracts.
Represented a U.S. company that acquired companies in Europe through its European subsidiary. Our involvement included formation of the European subsidiary, due diligence on the acquisition targets, drafting and negotiation of the purchase agreements and related employment agreements, amendments of the organizational documents of the acquisition targets post-closing, and cooperation with local notaries to effect the necessary shareholder resolutions and post-closing registrations in the local commercial register.
Represented a European conglomerate that acquired the assets of a U.S. manufacturing company. Our involvement included company registration, due diligence, environmental issues, employee benefit plans, transferring employees, tax issues, intellectual property, and drafting and negotiating the purchase agreement.
Represented a European technology company that wanted to acquire technology from a U.S. company. We assisted in business and tax planning, company registration, financing, intellectual property issues and acquisition documents.
Represented an Asian manufacturer that wanted to establish a North American distribution base for its products. We assisted with the tax planning and structuring and with drafting the contract with a U.S. warehousing company to store and ship the Asian company’s products.
Advised a European energy company that wanted to establish a U.S. subsidiary on entity structuring, tax matters, labor matters and lease and commercial contract matters.
Represented a Middle Eastern company that wanted to establish a U.S. subsidiary to conduct financial operations in the United States. We structured the entity, drafted and negotiated leases, and advised the company on regulatory and licensing matters and on general commercial contracts.
News & Articles
December 5, 2016
On November 7, 2016, China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress adopted the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China (Cybersecurity Law). The Cybersecurity Law will take effect on June 1, 2017.Read More
October 17, 2016
The Immigration-related programs extended by the bill include E-Verify, EB-5 regional centers, EB-4 non-ministerial religious workers and Conrad 3 for J-1 medical workers.Read More
October 13, 2016
On October 8, 2016, China's Ministry of Commerce issued interim measures further stream-lining the process for establishing companies in China and related corporate changes. Find out how this will impact companies doing business in China and future investment.Read More
September 21, 2016
Earlier this year, the United States Government (USG) eased certain nuclear-related sanctions against Iran pursuant to “Implementation Day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA) between the “P5+1” countries (United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany), the European Union (EU) and Iran. The JCPOA’s purpose is to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be peaceful, and on January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran has fulfilled its initial obligations under the JCPOA.Read More
August 9, 2016
Global companies in the United States have an uneasy relationship with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Most recognize that corruption can be damaging to business, but decry the statute as unfair: Because the United States is more aggressive about enforcing its anti-corruption laws than other countries, U.S. companies are more likely to be prosecuted for bribing foreign officials. The FCPA effectively tilts the playing field against us in foreign business transactions. But the global landscape gradually may be changing. Corruption prosecutions outside the U.S. are becoming more common, and many foreign governments have signaled a change in perspective by enacting new and stricter anti-corruption laws.Read More
April 18, 2016
Important changes in the regulations governing European Union Community Trademarks (formerly CTMs, now called EUTMs) may affect the scope of your trademark protection for CTM applications filed before June 22, 2012.Read More
September 30, 2015
By Aleida Ortega Conners & Evan Berquist
On September 18, 2015, the Obama administration announced significant changes to the U.S. sanctions regime that regulates commerce with Cuba.Read More
June 22, 2015
Attorneys Thomas B. Henke and Evan C. Berquist have joined Fredrikson & Byron. Henke is an officer in the Compensation Planning & Employee Benefits and the Business & Tax Planning Groups. Berquist is an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and International Groups.Read More
Don’t be Blacklisted: Be Aware of China’s New Anti-Corruption Regulations in the Healthcare Industry
October 2, 2014
By Ruilin Li
China’s heightened anti-corruption efforts are reflected in the recent adoption of several anti-corruption measures. This article will summarize each of these circulars as well as some action items companies may want to consider in order to ensure compliance under the new measures.Read More
March 21, 2014
Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) has signaled that intends to apply the new maquila requirements strictly. Companies using a maquiladora structure that are selling part of their production in Mexico, earning part of their income from non-maquila activities, or that otherwise do not fully comply with the new requirements must take action. All maquiladoras must be in full compliance with the new requirements by July 1, 2014.Read More
January 7, 2014
On December 26, 2013, the president of Mexico published a decree granting tax incentives to the maquiladora industry. The decree lessens the impact of some of the changes under the tax reform. The decree became effective on January 1, 2014. Read more for a summary of important aspects of the decree.Read More
December 27, 2013
Mexico has passed a comprehensive tax reform. Most of these changes are expected to become effective on January 1, 2014. Companies doing business in Mexico must be aware of these changes because they may have a substantial impact on their Mexico operations. This article contains a general overview of the changes.Read More
December 27, 2013
One area that will be impacted by Mexico’s tax reform is the deductibility of payments or benefits provided to employees. This article summarizes some of these changes.Read More
December 27, 2013
Mexico’s legislature has approved substantive tax reforms. Some of these changes will have a direct impact on mining companies operating in Mexico. These are some of the more important changes.Read More
December 27, 2013
Mexico’s tax reform includes very important changes to customs laws and procedures. This article summarizes some of these changes.Read More
December 27, 2013
Mexico’s tax reform includes changes directly impacting companies operating under a maquiladora (or IMMEX) program. This article summarizes some of the more relevant changes.Read More
September 1, 2013
By Ruilin Li
Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened a bribery investigation into whether JP Morgan’s employment practices in China have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), according to a confidential U.S. government document, reported by The New York Times.Read More
March 1, 2013
Imagine you are conducting due diligence on a company you are considering acquiring and you uncover an apparent violation of U.S. laws regulating exports to other countries or economic embargos or sanctions against other countries.Read More
December 1, 2012
The amendment to Mexico’s labor laws is a reality! Last week, outgoing president Felipe Calderon signed the decree (the Amendment) amending Mexico’s Federal Labor Law (LFT).Read More
Living Under the H-1B Cap – Alternative Visa Options and Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals in the U.S.
March 1, 2012
The H-1B visa is commonly known as the “workhorse” of U.S. work visas as U.S. companies rely on it more than any other visa to employ foreign workers in the U.S.Read More
January 1, 2012
Several federal laws in Mexico were amended late last year to allow class actions lawsuits.Read More
December 1, 2011
Everyone who has followed events in Brazil over the years has heard year after year that the country was on the verge of emerging as an international economic powerhouse. While it took a while for Brazil to finally emerge, it is certainly the case today that it has arrived, and U.S. manufacturers looking for new markets can no longer have serious aspirations in Latin America without having a Brazil strategy.Read More
December 1, 2011
By now all entities or individuals covered by the Federal Law for the Protection of Personal Data in Possession of Private Individuals or Entities (the Privacy Law) must have taken the steps necessary to comply with the Privacy Law.Read More
April 1, 2011
Over twenty years ago Congress created the EB-5 immigrant visa category for investors making significant investments in commercial enterprises that benefit the U.S. economy and create at least ten full-time jobs.Read More
February 1, 2011
Since 1970, the Bank Secrecy Act has required U.S. persons who have in aggregate more than $10,000 in foreign financial accounts to report certain information about those accounts to the Department of the Treasury using Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).Read More
February 1, 2011
Creating a joint venture with a Chinese company is a popular way for American companies to gain a foothold in China. Unfortunately, however, many of these Chinese joint venture companies fail and are ultimately liquidated and dissolved because the American company fails to understand how to take control of the joint venture company.Read More