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Foreign companies and individuals with business in the US or those seeking to enter the market look to us for litigation, intellectual property, investigation, regulatory, and transactional counsel. Arent Fox lawyers help US and international clients realize opportunities in mature and emerging markets, advise foreign governments, and resolve cross-border disputes.
Our diverse client base includes governments, international investors, and telecommunications companies in Africa; governments, software giants, and technology leaders in Asia; high-end fashion brands, international financial institutions, and real estate financiers in Europe; and multinational commodities, energy, and retail companies in Latin America. In addition, we advise a significant number of US and Canadian companies and government agencies on cross-border issues.
We are well positioned in key American cities to help clients achieve their international business goals.
We offer a full range of regulatory, transaction, and litigation services for international manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of food, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, cosmetics, personal care products, and chemical products.
Our group helps clients conduct international business while abiding by the FCPA, anti-money laundering laws, False Claims Act and other anti-fraud laws, and an ever-growing number of international anti-corruption laws and conventions.
We handle a wide range of complex and multijurisdictional matters, and also advise foreign companies whose activities have drawn the attention of US regulators and enforcement agencies.
Our public policy professionals provide strategic advice and advocate on behalf of foreign firms and individuals before the Executive Branch and US Congress on legislation and regulations. We also represent foreign governments in arbitrations and public policy matters. Clients based in the United States also depend on our guidance regarding political and international issues of importance.
Our professionals include a former US Senator and a former US Congressman with a combined 44 years on Capitol Hill, a former US Ambassador, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and a former counsel to a Presidential appointee and US Senators.
We understand the complexities that arise from cross-border disputes when foreign sovereigns or commercial entities, such as investors and traders, engage in global commerce. Our team is spearheaded by attorneys with strong government and diplomatic backgrounds including a former US Ambassador-at-Large for the State Department, and a former Chairman of the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Other team members have extensive experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution, including experience at the US State Department, the United Nations, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the International Criminal Court.
We advise clients from across the globe on cross-border matters, including customs/import compliance, global trade policy, international trade litigation, and export controls and economic sanctions.
In addition to leveraging the skills of our attorneys in our US offices, the international trade group oversees a network of foreign correspondent counsel, upon which we routinely calls to assist clients in local matters in foreign countries.
We help employers manage risk in the workplace, avoid cross-border litigation, and develop global personnel policies. Our attorneys advise on global compensation and benefits matters and mobility issues, including corporate compliance immigration requirements.
Many of our lawyers are bilingual, making us a firm where clients know that we can communicate confidentially and understand their best interests. We also help multinational companies meet US federal, state, and local employment requirements.
Our group helps international clients with privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection, particularly in regulated spaces such as health care and telecommunications and sophisticated industries including retail, gaming, and entertainment and media.
We counsel on international data transfers and keep clients abreast of international developments such as EU Data Protection laws and Safe Harbor frameworks.
We advise companies in all aspects of cross-border business and commerce and frequently advise international companies on project finance, acquisitions, investments, and international licensing and joint ventures. Our clients have included foreign sovereigns and embassies, state owned corporations and institutions, and individuals.
Arent Fox has extensive experience in handling real estate transactions implicating the sovereign immunity of foreign countries and international treaty organizations.
Our group includes former in-house and outside general counsel for leading alcohol producers and distributers of wine, beer, and spirits, both domestically and internationally, who have decades of experience navigating regulatory issues, structuring complex business agreements, and negotiating acquisitions and divestitures. Among the Firm’s roster of notable domestic and international clients are bevRAGE LLC, Christie’s Inc., Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Diageo North America, Inc., Domaine Select Wine & Spirits, Dozortsev & Sons Ent. Ltd., Henrio Inc., Laurent-Perrier US Inc., Legacy Marketing Partners, Moët Hennessy USA, Inc., Monkish Brewing Co., Purity Vodka, Russian Standard Vodka, The Winebow Group, and Wilson Daniels Ltd.
The experienced attorneys in our group are also active members and thought leaders in several prominent domestic and international beverage alcohol industry associations, including the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association and the International Wine Lawyers Association, on which one of our attorneys serves as a Director.
In an increasingly globalized and Internet-based economy, designers and retailers face unique competitive challenges, making it especially important to retain counsel who know the industry. Because of our large international trade practice, our fashion clients rely on our background in focused assessments, importer self-assessments, investigations, and penalty proceedings involving Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
We have represented fashion houses on all aspects of these proceedings and in working within the very complex rules relating to country of origin and valuation (including the so-called “first sale rule”).
We boast one of the largest teams of hospitality attorneys in the country, with full-service expertise on international corporate, franchising, intellectual property, and employment issues. Our hospitality team advises many of the biggest names in the industry.
We have helped major international brands enter the US market and have guided US hospitality companies create lucrative joint ventures in sought-after international tourist destinations.
We protect and manage breakthrough life sciences products and services for companies around the globe. Arent Fox understands the competitive environments and the underlying technologies and confidentiality issues associated with life sciences products and research.
We help our clients manage the entire product life cycle, from scientific breakthrough, through product development and production, to global marketing and distribution.
We counsel international brand franchises and top pro leagues on corporate and regulatory matters that are critical to their bottom line. Our international sports clients are as diverse as Cricket Australia, F.C. Internazionale Milano, S.p.A., Fila, Pelé, Seiko Epson, and The Tennis Channel.
Arent Fox attorneys also serve as arbitrators on numerous international panels including the London Court of International Arbitration and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 400 lawyers in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.
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