International Trade


Doing business across international borders necessitates an experienced law firm with global relationships, integrity with the regulators, and the ability to best assist clients in navigating the international landscape of business opportunities.

In any industry sector, trust is paramount in international business relationships, and our attorneys position clients for success by helping them meet the right decision makers abroad, appreciate the cultural differences that affect negotiations, win partnerships with foreign businesses and build credibility with regulatory authorities.

Members of our international trade corporate team have advised on all aspects of transactions around the world, including Canada,  Africa, the Middle East, Russia, the European Union, Asia-Pacific (including Australia and China), the Caribbean and Latin America. Our attorneys remain on the cutting edge of national initiatives and explore opportunities for clients’ business interests. Following the reopening of the Cuba Embassy in Washington, DC, our attorneys advised businesses in establishing a presence in Cuba as we prepared for an expected relaxation of restrictions on trade.

Our team brings both in-house and big law firm perspectives to international transactions. The team includes attorneys who served as senior in-house counsel for companies including one with a presence in 194 countries and another with operations in more than 100 nations. Other members of our team have advised on FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions, Foreign Military Sales (FMS), U.S. backed guarantees, tax, contract, lending, data security and other issues in cross-border transactions valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Our services to businesses that have a global perspective include:

Global Compliance. Navigating the complex U.S. regulatory authorities overseeing international trade can be cumbersome. At Taylor English, our attorneys advise businesses in global trade compliance both domestic and in-country when businesses expand operations into the global market, when businesses seek to enter into an unchartered new market, and when businesses seek to get a handle on the compliance due diligence requirements in a merger or acquisition.

Our attorneys offer counsel in FCPA related matters, export controls, customs, economic sanctions, Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and U.S. backed guarantees. Our attorneys have obtained credibility with U.S. regulators, have served on international trade boards of directors and have worked closely with regulators on policies and guidebooks for doing business globally. 

Cross-border transactions. U.S. companies rely on us to facilitate mergers and acquisitions around the world, and we advise European, Latin American and Asian companies on their transactions inside and outside the U.S. We advise on cross-border acquisitions and dispositions of companies and assets, supply and manufacturing agreements, strategic alliances, and joint venture agreements. We advised an Irish company on entrance into the U.S. market, and we regularly represent parties to aircraft purchases and leases. We also represent the U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer of industrial equipment used around the world and a company that imports and exports pharmaceuticals.

Tax strategies. We advise clients on international tax planning and tax controversy matters, and represent them before both U.S. and foreign tax tribunals. We understand the tax implications of international mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; cross-border financing; and how to minimize tax liabilities for companies with multinational operations and cash flows. Our international team coordinates its work with a tax team that includes attorneys with Big Four and IRS experience, plus in-house work for major international companies.

Intellectual property. As the world grows smaller, it creates both opportunity and risks for companies that own valuable intellectual property. Our international IP practice licenses technology and secures domestic and foreign patents while aggressively defending against infringers. We have resolved domain name disputes through Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration and litigation, defended patents and trademarks in foreign and domestic courts and obtained injunctions against gray market distributors.

Leisure and hospitality. We represent timeshare resorts and vacation clubs inside and outside the U.S. and advise on compliance with domestic and foreign direct marketing compliance. We have pioneered many areas in the shared vacation ownership industry, including points-based vacation clubs and exchange programs, luxury destination and travel clubs, receivable financing and securitization, and mixed-use hotel/timeshare/condominium projects. More recently, we have been a leader in structuring “capital-light” (fee-based services) platform for shared vacation ownership development, marketing, sales and management. We have represented clients in more than 30 of these complex transactions. Our clients have included companies with a presence in Aruba, the Bahamas, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Canada and the U.K.

Technology and data security. Technology licensing and data security increasingly are concerns in international business partnerships and transactions with cloud and mobile services making cross-border considerations ubiquitous, and more complex. Our team consists of several former senior in-house attorneys including those from media and entertainment, manufacturing, and technology companies. They have worked as part of multi-disciplined business teams that protect data, information assets and intellectual property. 

Labor and employment. In the excitement of expanding operations abroad, companies sometimes fail to look into employment laws and regulations and are surprised to find they must work through a thicket of them and that they vary immensely from one country to another. Our employment attorneys partner with corporate clients and foreign attorneys to ensure compliance while also protecting a company’s culture and human capital goals. These attorneys possess particular expertise in assisting foreign companies integrate their operations and culture in the U.S. as seamlessly as possible. 

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The rule of law and enforceability and interpretation of contracts abroad often diverges from what U.S. companies are familiar with at home. Our seasoned litigators resolve international disputes through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution, and when necessary we represent clients aggressively in foreign courts. We recently represented U.S. companies in an arbitration involving Chinese law. We represented another U.S. company in a Swiss arbitration arising out of construction in Germany, and we won a verdict for a Dutch company against a U.S. company that did not fulfill terms of a purchase agreement.