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  • International litigation capabilities
  • Clients in Europe, Asia and the Middle East

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International transactions and dispute resolutions require both an understanding of the law and a sensitivity to foreign culture, politics, formal and informal power structures and decision-making approaches. Whether acquiring assets in the U.S., forming a joint venture with an Asian company, or enforcing a contract provision with a European supplier, businesses need lawyers who have demonstrated experience and an understanding of all the factors that can make or break a business opportunity.

The International Group offers counsel to U.S. and foreign-based clients in a wide range of complex international matters. The group is comprised of experienced lawyers from such disciplines as:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • corporate law
  • complex litigation
  • employment law
  • global finance
  • tax
  • securities
  • intellectual property
  • creditors' rights

The collective knowledge of the group provides clients with strategic guidance necessary to pursue global expansion and resolve international disputes. We counsel clients in various industries throughout the world, including:

  • China
  • the European Union
  • Israel
  • Russia
  • India

An International Network of Transactional Professionals

We have strong working relationships with an expanding network of professionals throughout the world to assist our clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, sourcing and supply agreements, service agreements, distribution, sales and licensing arrangements, financing and other transactional matters, in the United States and abroad. In addition, we assist clients with developing and implementing intellectual property right protection strategies, general U.S. security law compliance and filings, international tax planning, employment law issues and creditors' rights and bankruptcy issues.

We offer foreign clients a broad and experienced network of commercial banks, investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms, accounting firms, consultants, and business vendors to assist them in establishing operations and making acquisitions in the United States.

Our strategic alliance with a China-based commercial law firm enables us to better serve U.S. companies in pursuing business opportunities in China and serves as a venue for China-based companies seeking to make investments in the United States.

International Commercial Litigation

The group has extensive experience in international commercial litigation. We represent foreign and domestic corporations in state and federal courts in matters ranging from contract disputes to judgment enforcements. With respect to Customs and International Trade Law, one of our litigators served as Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Attorney with the International Trade Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. As such, the firm has actual trial experience in handling criminal and civil fraud cases brought by the Customs Service under Sections 542 and 592 of the Tariff Act of 1930 for misrepresentations on commercial invoices and other entry documents. Additionally, we represent both U.S. and overseas corporations on antidumping and countervailing duty petitions brought before the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission pursuant to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979.

An Experienced and Involved Team

With bilingual lawyers proficient in a dozen languages, we are able to effectively communicate our clients' needs and advocate their positions. Whether doing business in the United States or abroad, our clients can take advantage of the language capabilities the firm has to offer.

Lawyers in the group write and speak frequently on international business matters. We are heavily involved in organizations focused on international business, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Mid-Atlantic District Export Council and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia. Each year, members of our group attend the China International Private Equity Forum (CIPEF), sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth and held in Tianjin, China. This event brings together more than 2,000 dealmakers focused on China.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Brazilian importer of U.S. manufactured products in contract drafting and negotiations with its U.S. supplier
  • Represented a multinational manufacturer in an international arbitration of antitrust and unfair competition claims that resulted in a settlement favorable to the company
  • Monitored a Euro 4 billion case in Italy regarding alleged liability of rating agencies for massive corporate default, on behalf of U.S. excess D&O insurers
  • Represented a U.S. importer of Italian-made goods in contract negotiations and drafting involving issues of Italian and European Union law
  • Represented a U.S. corporation in ICC arbitration proceedings with European counterpart, in Brussels
  • Represented UK insurer and reinsurer in state court litigation over alleged business torts committed in the U.S.
  • Achieved a multi-million dollar arbitration award in London under the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Rules; the subject of dispute was a licensing agreement for blood coagulation technology; the client is based in Pennsylvania and the defendant was a French concern
  • Satisfactorily mediated an international ERISA welfare benefits litigation matter before Queen’s Counsel in the UK
  • Defended a Chilean fruit exporter in three separate food poisoning cases in the U.S.
  • Represent multiple clients in collection matters in Asia
  • Seeking discovery from a multinational corporation headquartered in Boston for use in a marital asset-division proceeding pending in Barcelona, Spain
  • Defending (and counterclaiming) a breach of contract action brought by a Chinese company against a Massachusetts manufacturer
  • Brought a breach of contract action against a French company in federal court that was successfully mediated and settled

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