Although the global market has become increasingly open to trade, disparate local laws and varied business and cultural practices can make creating, distributing and selling goods and services in certain markets a major challenge. International trade sanctions limit how companies can do business, as well as customs laws, exchange controls, and foreign investment requirements. Our International Commercial & Trade lawyers help clients overcome these challenges and successfully compete in the world's developed and emerging markets. We advise major industrial, financial services, technology, consumer products, pharmaceutical and energy companies on sourcing, manufacturing, distributing and selling their products and services around the world. We also help clients select, monitor and manage their relationships with the third-party suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and sales agents in their supply chains.

  • How We Can Help

  • 1. Customs

  • 2. Design, Sourcing & Manufacturing

  • 3. Franchise & Distribution

  • 4. International Trade

  • 5. Risk Protection


International trade matters call for coordinated tax and legal services, and increased trade regulation underscores the importance of implementing compliance plans to avoid stiff penalties. With markets in constant flux and tax laws rapidly evolving, companies need advisers who can provide local insight and global perspective on customs taxation issues everywhere they operate.

Our Global Customs team works with colleagues across borders and practice areas to advise multinational companies on customs and trade regulation, tax compliance, commercial agreements, trade-related enforcement actions, IP enforcement, consumer protection laws.

To help simplify complexity and avoid enforcement actions, our customs lawyers execute compliance plans, and business strategies, perform compliance audits, conduct compliance, and ethics training, and guide clients through investigations and prosecutions.

Design Sourcing & Manufacturing

  • We advise clients on legal and regulatory issues throughout the product lifecycle, from the formation of joint ventures and joint manufacturing to co-development arrangements, consortia, and other strategic alliances. Our advice enables clients to establish strong supply chains through compliant materials sourcing and manufacturing structures. Our experience in design, sourcing and manufacturing matters ranges from advising on single jurisdiction relationships to high-value, cross-border transactions across industry sectors such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

Franchise and Distribution

  • With a wealth of experience advising both sides of the franchising relationship, we understand the complex issues in these arrangements and develop tailored solutions to make sure they go smoothly. We represent clients in the US and international franchise, master franchise and development matters, joint ventures, and distribution and supply arrangements in countries around the world, applying our knowledge of local franchise laws in each jurisdiction. As a one-stop shop of international advisers on these issues, we help client clients establish and restructure distribution systems, draft contracts such as agency, distributorship, franchising and commissionaire agreements, and represent companies in the termination of distribution contracts.

International Trade

  • Most countries impose legal control on the export of goods from their jurisdictions while international trade agreements often include additional import, export, and trade regulations that companies must comply with. Failing to observe export control laws and international sanctions can have severe consequences for companies including loss of export privileges, reputational damage, criminal and civil fines, and even imprisonment. Our Trade & Commerce lawyers help clients keep up with rapidly changing, often conflicting import, export and trade regulations that impact cross-border trade transactions and activities. Our areas of expertise include export controls, export clearance provisions, anti-boycott controls, outbound trade compliance, VAT/indirect taxes, product safety, strategic sourcing, supply chain security and trade remedies.

Risk Protection

  • With offices in markets that comprise 80 percent of the world economy, we have the on-the-ground presence and local expertise companies need to navigate local consumer laws, practices, and customs. We take a holistic approach to helping clients identify and manage risk by designing strategies to protect their businesses and reputation wherever they sell their products and services.


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