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OVERVIEW

International Services Far and wide

From across North America, South America and Europe, to all over Asia and notably, Japan, our firm represents domestic and foreign-owned businesses and multinational corporations in the operation, sale, distribution, licensing and protection of their products, services and brands around the world.

Barnes & Thornburg helps American companies to do business internationally and foreign-owned companies to do business in the U.S. Our global reach means that we can provide comprehensive legal counsel, cultural acuity and honed problem solving skills needed to do business in practically any time zone our client needs.

Our team helps businesses of all sizes establish operations in the U.S. and abroad. We negotiate and close domestic and cross-border financing, real estate, merger, acquisition, strategic alliance and joint venture transactions, safeguard intellectual property on a global scale, and advise on U.S. and international tax laws.

We provide legal counsel pertaining to free trade agreements, the movement of goods, services, technology and funds, and dispute resolution and litigation counsel across the U.S. and abroad. We also guide employers through the labor, employment and human resource challenges and immigration issues inherent in managing today’s multinational workforce.

Trade issues are often at the heart of international business activities and our firm represents clients before the World Trade Organization (WTO). We advise on export controls and trade remedies, including anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters before government and diplomatic channels, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in post-order compliance. We assist with Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) matters, including prosecuting applications, overcoming oppositions, inventory control, and customs documentation.

TerraLex

Globalization has led many companies to sell their products and build operation centers in virtually all corners of the world. With this geographic expansion comes the need for businesses to have legal representation wherever they may be expanding.

Barnes & Thornburg offers its clients the advantage of connecting with the legal resources and solutions throughout the world through its affiliation with TerraLex. TerraLex is a highly selective, international network of nearly 150 leading independent law firms located in nearly 100 countries with more than 14,000 attorneys.

TerraLex offers Barnes & Thornburg a significant advantage over most U.S. law firms in that we can help clients achieve their goals in virtually every country, state, province, or location imaginable. So while many people may not know where Mauritius, Liechtenstein, or Latvia are, Barnes & Thornburg has access to attorneys there who are ready to spring into action for our clients whenever the needs arise.

EXPERIENCE
  • Asset Purchase by Japanese manufacturer.
  • Assisted aerospace parts manufacturer in notice to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) of acquisition by foreign purchaser.
  • Assisted client in obtaining release of night vision equipment seized by United States Customs and Border Protection upon payment of minimal civil fine.
  • Assisted in obtaining licenses and favorable conditions for exports of satellites to be launched on foreign launch vehicles.
  • Defended large national company in federal investigations of export violation.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP assisted a major German-based architectural and engineering company in establishing its first presence in Mexico. Barnes & Thornburg was instrumental in coordinating with Mexican counsel and accountants on initial entry strategies, tax considerations, entity formation and first hires.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented a publicly-traded (Tokyo Exchange) Japanese autoparts maker in consolidating and merging certain operations in the United States, Mexico and Panama. The transactions required coordination with counsel in all countries involved and required the developed Spanish and Japanese language skills of Barnes & Thornburg attorneys.
  • Barnes & Thornburgh LLP represented a United States University in an international arbitration initiated by a Greek party against the University before the London Court of International Arbitration. The University prevailed on every contested count in the face of substantial possible damages.
  • Client obtained favorable result in inter-agency jurisdictional and licensing dispute between Departments of Commerce and State regarding export of chemical weapons demilitarization technology to China.
  • Developed and implemented “denied person” screening procedures for large U.S. multinational companies for use in screening employees, customers, contractors and vendors on a global basis.
  • Developed and implemented new export management systems, with particular emphasis on “deemed exports,” for manufacturer of subsystems for U.S. Navy and major multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Helped client obtain expedited licenses for exports of military hardware (night vision equipment and military vehicles) to U.S. and Coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Obtained positive commodity classification determination concerning software security system using encryption.
  • Obtained successful rulings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that imported medical equipment and container seals are eligible for Federal Procurement Under the Trade Agreements Act.
  • Participated in criminal defense of individual exporter of computers and software, resulting in full acquittal.
  • Prevailed in antidumping duty circumvention inquiry before Department of Commerce and appeals before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Recovered client funds seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and persuaded Assistant U.S. Attorney to conclude criminal investigation of foreign money transfers without indictment or other further action.
  • Represented exporter of sensitive defense articles in criminal investigation and successfully deterred prosecution.
  • Resolved without penalties voluntary disclosure to Department of Commerce regarding exports of hardware controlled under the Missile Technology Control Regime to various countries including China.
  • Resolved without penalty a voluntary disclosure to Department of State concerning exports of ITAR-controlled aircraft parts and related “deemed exports,” technical data, and defense services, including exports to countries subject to U.S. arms embargo.
  • Structured and obtained authorizations from Office of Foreign Assets Control and Department of Commerce for exports of medical equipment and agricultural supplies to sanctioned countries including Syria, Iran and Cuba.
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