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International Business Open for Business

Your international business strategies must be based on sound legal advice no matter what corner of the world they touch. We regularly work with multinational companies and on cross-border transactions and business initiatives, leading a coordinated approach to international legal issues.

We regularly assist U.S. businesses with the sale and distribution of products and services abroad and the protection and licensing of their intellectual property in foreign markets. We also help you establish foreign subsidiaries, overseas facilities, and operations, including joint ventures with foreign partners.

Our attorneys are active members of TerraLex, a worldwide network of leading independent law firms; the TechLaw Group, comprised of independent regional law firms serving the technology market; and SCG Legal, a global network of law firms. These networks allow us to readily partner with business-minded law firms around the globe to integrate knowledge of foreign law into your international strategies.

Barnes & Thornburg also represents many overseas clients in U.S. legal matters. If you are affiliated with a foreign company, we help you establish or purchase facilities and commence operations in the U.S. We also handle benefits, taxation, immigration, litigation, labor relations, distribution, intellectual property, and counsel foreign clients in connection with U.S. business and operations.

We help you understand and comply with U.S. and international marketing laws, including antitrust laws, laws prohibiting unfair competition, and laws restricting the dumping of products. Our intellectual property lawyers help you protect and exploit your patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property in the U.S., as well help you license proprietary technologies. We can help you with any immigration issues your personnel may encounter in pursuing your business plans in the U.S.

We offer a global perspective to legal needs. We work with a significant number of Japanese clients through our Japanese Services Group. Likewise, we assist clients across Europe through our European Services Group. Firm attorneys also assist clients with opportunities in Africa.

We can also help you navigate through federal international trade regulations that impact your plans. Our lawyers in Washington, D.C., regularly handle international trade disputes and negotiations, customs issues, export controls and trade sanctions.

  • Assisted Swedish owner of largest U.S. brass musical instrument manufacturer with sale to Steinway & Sons.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented a privately held client with interests in distribution and logistics in connection with the acquisition of majority control and recapitalization of a leading international provider of logistics services, including freight forwarding, supply chain management, turn-key contract warehousing and packaging design and fulfillment. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the acquired company has numerous domestic and international subsidiaries and branch offices.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented the largest independent distributor of automotive paints, coatings and accessories in the U.S. to a Canadian public company. The cash merger transaction was based on an aggregate purchase price of over U.S. $200 million and resulted in shareholders receiving U.S. $21.00 per share, which represented a premium of approximately 32% to the 30-day trailing average share price of the client’s OTC Market Pink Sheets before the announcement of the transaction.
  • Barnes & Thornburg represented an international life sciences corporation in its acquisition of a California-based life sciences company. The transaction allowed our client to secure long-term access to technology critical to the growth of a key subsidiary.
  • Barnes & Thornburg represented an international life sciences corporation in its acquisition of a Utah-based life sciences company that had previously supplied key raw materials to one of our client’s divisions. The transaction allowed our client to consolidate a portion of its supply chain and secure access to critical technology.
  • Barnes & Thornburg represented two Japanese education and learning centers in New York City to establish new education operations in the United States.
  • Barnes & Thornburg was engaged to handle the acquisition of a U.S. corporation, which involved the simultaneous acquisition of Italian and U.K. companies as well. Since the dominant aspect of the transaction involved the U.S. component, Barnes & Thornburg was selected to supervise the transaction, including the supervision of U.K. and Italian counsel.
  • Represented a Canadian, publicly-traded family-focused online media company in several U.S. acquisitions.
  • Represented a leading Swedish consumer product manufacturing group in series of acquisitions with transaction value exceeding $140,000,000 and restructuring its U.S. entities along functional lines.
  • Represented a UK building products company traded on the London Stock Exchange in restructuring its US subsidiaries, including series of acquisitions and dispositions with transaction value exceeding $130,000,000, and reorganizing entity structures to achieve tax and operational efficiencies.
  • Represented Datalogic, a company listed on the Italian stock exchange, in the acquisition of PPT Vision, a publicly traded U.S. Company.
  • Represented owners of a midwest-based, privately-held U.S. company providing business services in over 20 states in connection with the sale of a 75% interest in the company to a publicly-traded French company in the same industry that did not previously have North American operations, including the spin off of a related business to be retained by the selling owners.
  • This project involved our firm conducting initial due diligence with regard to our client’s interest in developing new business relationships in seven foreign companies. Five members of our firm conducted the initial due diligence in multiple areas, including 1) corporate registration requirements, 2) secondment review, 3) labor and employment requirements and issues, and 4) immigration requirements and issues. Our firm also engaged and worked with local counsel in each country through our TerraLex affiliates.



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