INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

No matter where in the world you are located, we can assist you with a wide variety of cross-border matters. As a full service firm, we can advise you on many issues that arise in international commerce, including corporate finance and technology, tax, regulatory compliance, litigation, intellectual property, government relations, banking and other financial services.

A Suite of Services for International Clients

Because we serve clients from a wide range of countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, we are sensitive to cultural and language differences, and many of our attorneys and professionals have studied and practiced law abroad. Many are also fluent in multiple languages and are active in international bar, trade and business organizations.

Our International Networks

Because we are a member of both TerraLex and LegalLink – wellrespected global networks of high-quality, independent law firms – we have access to deep local knowledge of specific jurisdictions throughout the world. By collaborating with local counsel globally, we can help you manage international business relationships and adapt to the cultural and legal differences in the global marketplace.

When it Comes to International Services, We’ve Got You Covered.

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Corporate

Our corporate team represents companies around the world that are seeking to acquire or divest assets in a foreign country. And we help companies in foreign countries seeking to become public companies in the U.S. We assist both U.S.-based and foreign companies in managing issues with international implications, such as compliance with all applicable regulations.

Tax

Members of our business and international tax team can help you structure U.S. operations of foreign businesses and minimize worldwide tax consequences, including planning to minimize the effects of the FIRPTA, branch profits tax and earnings stripping provisions of U.S. law. In addition, we are able to structure multinational business groups and transactions within those groups to minimize worldwide taxes on cash and transactional flows by making use of international tax treaty networks and functional and supply chain locations.

Banking and Financial Services

Our clients are often international and superregional banks and their affiliates. We assist them with such matters as:

  • Cross-border workouts.
  • Direct and indirect offshore financings.
  • Securitizations (at both originator and issuer levels).
  • Structured finance transactions.
  • Multibank financing.
  • Swap transactions.
  • Letters of credit.
  • Trade finance (including Export-Import Bank insured or guaranteed credits).
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Complex leasing facilities.
  • Complex financial litigation.

Intellectual Property

Buchanan prepares and prosecutes hundreds of foreign patent, trademark and copyright applications each year. Through our foreign relationships, we can search, register and protect your intellectual property in virtually every country in the world.

U.S.-Cuba Business Consulting

Given the recent shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, we can help you understand the new challenges and opportunities that could face you in business arrangements with Cuba. In fact, shortly after the United States announced the policy shift towards the island nation, several of our attorneys traveled to Cuba with the Florida Bar’s International Law Section as part of the largest delegation of American Lawyers to visit Cuba since the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s. Our numerous bilingual attorneys and our offices in Florida can help you pursue business opportunities and manage legal issues in Cuba.

Regulatory

Many regulatory concerns arise for U.S. companies doing business abroad and foreign-based companies doing business here. No matter the type of issue, whether related to corporate transactions, employment, intellectual property or anything else, our attorneys know how to help you avoid difficulties and stay in compliance. A few of the many regulatory areas with which we assist clients are government relations, banking regulatory matters, immigration, and compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Government Relations

Among our wide range of lobbying and public policy offerings, our government relations professionals can represent you in cross-border operations. We can assist you with introductions and relationship-building with key decision-makers in Congress; the White House; agencies with jurisdiction over health care, transportation and infrastructure, energy, defense and homeland security; and many other government agencies and officials.

Immigration

Our immigration attorneys represent institutional clients and multinational corporations operating in multiple countries and diverse industries. We can assist you with such issues as:

  • Audits of employer compliance with immigration regulations.
  • Employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions.
  • Immigration compliance following a corporate restructuring.
  • Labor certification applications/PERM.
  • Preservation of U.S. permanent residence status.
  • Citizenship eligibility while on international assignments.
  • Securing U.S. citizenship.
  • Immigration policies and reimbursement agreements.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption

Enforcement of the (FCPA) by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is at a historic high, and penalties for FCPA violations are growing. Our robust FCPA team guides can guide you through any requirement of the FCPA, reducing your risks of doing business around the world. We are also well-versed in the anti-corruption acts of other nations.