With offices across the United States, Hong Kong and China, and experience in more than 70 countries, Troutman Sanders provides coordinated transactional, regulatory and litigation counsel to U.S. and non-U.S. clients. We help clients identify and pursue global opportunities and navigate the constantly shifting international landscape.
Troutman Sanders has a long history advising clients on the legal aspects of international matters in Asia; the Middle East, particularly with regard to investment in Israel and outbound transactions on behalf of Israeli companies; North America, including deep experience providing cross-border services to Canadian public and private companies; South America, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. Our offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai include lawyers who are native to their respective countries and regions; and across the firm, we have lawyers who have worked extensively around the world. Our familiarity with local legal systems, cross-border issues and cultural practices allows us to provide practical, real-world counsel.
Our international practice includes lawyers with skills in many key areas of law that play a role in cross-border initiatives. Our experience includes:
We regularly advise clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, greenfield investments and other transactional matters, and negotiate a broad range of other commercial arrangements. We help our U.S. clients mitigate risk while executing their business plans outside the United States, and provide our non-U.S. clients with the transactional assistance and practical legal advice necessary for effective market entry or market expansion in the United States and elsewhere.
Corporate and Structured Finance
Our lawyers represent U.S. and non-U.S. clients during every phase of planning, negotiating, drafting and closing of complex equity and debt transactions in the United States and other jurisdictions. We advise such clients — issuers, underwriters and agents — on a variety of private and public debt and equity offerings and other capital markets transactions worldwide. We design and implement non-recourse and structured financings, including interim and permanent bank and lease financings, as well as letters of credit and unsecured, asset-based, single-lender and syndicated loan arrangements. We routinely conduct due diligence and assess project feasibility, and help clients comply with U.S. and non-U.S. securities laws and other applicable laws and regulations with respect to their activities.
Project Development and Finance
We represent project participants, including lenders, underwriters, sponsors, project joint ventures, contractors, governments and governmental agencies, and multilateral institutions, in all aspects of cross-border project development and finance initiatives. We emphasize the development of industry-focused teams and have represented numerous clients in the energy (including fossil fuels, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass and landfill gas), utilities, oil and gas, transportation, mining and natural resources sectors on a range of facilities and infrastructure projects. Our lawyers have advised on and closed projects throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Our tax lawyers provide strategic advice on U.S. tax law and international tax treaties as they relate to complex international transactions and structures. We counsel clients on tax-efficient structures for cross-border transactions of all varieties, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inbound and outbound investments, and expatriation transactions. Our tax lawyers also work with the relevant local country experts to design and implement effective multinational tax strategies.
Our intellectual property lawyers have extensive experience identifying, protecting and commercializing intellectual property and litigating and resolving disputes pertaining to international intellectual property matters. We represent companies based abroad and their U.S. and foreign affiliates in filing and obtaining U.S. patents, trademark registrations and in licensing and transactional matters. In addition, we have deep experience in counseling our clients and strategically protecting their intellectual property in over 140 countries. We have advised both Fortune 100 and start-up clients in industries such as telecommunications, information technology, computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, healthcare, medical devices, biotechnology, energy, transportation, food service, cosmetics, dietary supplements, agriculture, and bio-manufacturing. Our practice has a global reach in enforcing intellectual property rights to ensure that client’s rights remain significant and meaningful.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Our white collar and government investigations lawyers provide FCPA legal services and global FCPA and anti-corruption investigative experience to our clients. We focus on the delivery of comprehensive, results-oriented FCPA enforcement prevention, risk mitigation, and defense solutions. Our experience includes defending and representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies and international entities before the DOJ, SEC and other government agencies, in connection with FCPA and related anti-bribery matters, as well as whistleblower complaints under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In addition, we handle third-party and merger and acquisition-related (M&A) anti-bribery due diligence reviews and opinions, and related DOJ and SEC representations. We provide clients with FCPA and international anti-bribery compliance risk assessments, audits, reviews, and employee training.
International Litigation and Arbitration
Our International Litigation and Arbitration experience is wide-ranging and includes such areas as construction, energy, securities, FCPA, international trade, patent litigation, unfair competition, tax and antitrust. We litigate in U.S. courts as well as before such forums as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the AAA, and the International Court of Claims, where Troutman Sanders’ lawyers have handled disputes for clients in the Middle East, China, Korea, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia and various parts of Europe.
Our immigration lawyers assist employers in the recruitment, hiring and transfer of top talent, including multinational executives, locally hired professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, academics and other individuals of renown. With respect to U.S.-inbound employees, we provide guidance on work visas, permanent residence and citizenship, with an emphasis on I-9 and E-Verify procedures and sanctions avoidance. We organize Blanket L transfers and of E visas, where permitted, and regularly represent companies and key employees before U.S. government agencies and courts, and in consular posts throughout the world. We have also worked with clients in Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom, helping them procure business and work visas for citizens of other countries.
As global security efforts and nation-building programs are on the rise, multinational contracting has become a leading growth sector. The lawyers of our government procurement and contracting practice support companies establishing operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and throughout the Americas. We provide practical advice on in-country corporate registration and employment practices, identify teaming partners in target countries, and deliver turn-key training and auditing on International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. Export Control Act, and similar national and international laws. For non-U.S. companies, we support efforts to qualify for U.S. government classified contracts by establishing proxy boards and special security agreements (SSAs).
Our maritime lawyers represent foreign ship owners facing claims or government enforcement action in the United States. In addition, our lawyers have consulted with governments of maritime nations with respect to fisheries regulations and enforcement strategies. We also assist U.S. shippers facing logistics problems caused by demurrage claims, deviation, or lock-out in ports of transshipment or discharge.