Global

Overview

We represent clients in more than 100 countries, providing sophisticated guidance in a complicated global business environment. As a full-service firm, we are adept at coordinating multijurisdictional teams to achieve our clients’ objectives, and we guide clients to success across the broad array of regulatory, financial, technological and cultural landscapes. Our clients trust us to craft the right strategy for their needs with informed insight and a collaborative attitude. We have guided clients through many high-profile, high-stakes matters, including:

  • The liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. As court-appointed counsel to Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee Irving H. Picard, we have achieved unprecedented recovery of $14.3 billion around the world for the victims of one of history’s largest frauds.
     
  • Our Digital Assets and Data Management team served as incident response and post-disclosure counsel for Marriott Hotels regarding the Starwood Hotels international guest record security incident disclosed in 2018. We also are defending Marriott in multidistrict litigation against claims brought by individuals, banks and cities.
     
  • The International Trade and National Security team acts as counsel to governments and global businesses regarding a comprehensive range of trade and national security regulations and trade remedies. We served as lead counsel for Canadian federal and provincial governments and five companies in obtaining a unanimous 5-0 International Trade Commission ruling terminating duties on newsprint, thereby rescuing the newspaper industry across the United States from an accelerated demise. We have counseled companies from the United States and around the world on export, sanctions and customs laws and trade agreements affecting their global trade; guided numerous buyers and sellers through Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews; and successfully concluded mitigation agreements with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).
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  • As counsel and arbitrators in both investor-state treaty and international commercial arbitration in fora worldwide, our International Arbitration team has defended the exclusive territorial rights of the largest Diners Club franchises in Singapore and Ecuador against Diners Club International; represents a U.S. company against the Republic of Peru for interferences with the investor’s renewable energy project; and represents a U.S. oil drill operator in a $60 million dispute with a major oil exploration company over the impact of tax changes.
     
  • Our International Litigation team has had numerous victories in U.S. and foreign courts. We obtained an $80 million jury verdict rejecting claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty by the Brunei Investment Agency and Prince Jefri Bolkiah; obtained dismissal of a $10 million reward claim against the Republic of Peru on the grounds of sovereign immunity; and are defending Mastercard and McCann Erickson in two trademark lawsuits in Latin American courts seeking the cancellation of trademarks and damages of $120 million.
     
  • The International Tax team represents multinational enterprises and private equity groups in all forms of cross-border transactions and restructurings, including intellectual property and supply-chain realignments for companies in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and consumer products industries, and in audits, controversies and competent authority proceedings relating to transfer pricing and treaty-based positions. The group also assists general counsels, tax departments, corporate boards and family offices with assessment of complex cross-border tax positions and strategies, including matters relating to economic substance, anti-abuse principles, anti-hybrid rules and global tax reporting measures.
     
  • Our Intellectual Property Group has worldwide reach regarding trademark, patents and other IP protections, including providing day-to-day advice and management of worldwide trademark portfolios, handling international clearance and registration, worldwide policing, scope of rights, transactional matters pertaining to brands, rollout and protection of new marks, and enforcement in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
     
  • On behalf of a former London-based J.P. Morgan managing director, our White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team secured a rare nonprosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies when his cooperation was sought in investigations related to a multibillion-dollar trading loss for the bank. This team also defends clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities fraud and money laundering investigations worldwide.
     
  • The Government Contracts team represents contractors in a wide variety of international projects, ranging from the construction of embassy facilities for the U.S. Department of State to the delivery of military hardware to Middle Eastern countries under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
     
  • Our Financial Services team represents financial institutions worldwide, including counseling a Spanish bank looking to expand its online footprint in the United States regarding anti-money laundering issues such as customer due diligence and know-your-customer regulations, as well as on state law.
     
  • The Construction team has assisted a Chinese energy company in building a state-of-the-art seamless steel pipe manufacturing facility in Texas. Once built, it will be the largest single investment by a Chinese company in a U.S. manufacturing facility.
     
  • Our Hospitality Industry team has represented major U.S. companies in setting up or acquiring hotel operations throughout Latin America and has extensive experience in the hospitality industry in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama.
     
  • The Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies team represents clients that have launched new blockchain- and cryptocurrency-based products in the international markets, including advising on transactions with foreign-based business partners.
     
  • The Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies team has also assisted in cryptocurrency asset recovery matters on a discreet basis involving international jurisdictional issues.
     
  • The Labor and Employment Group provides several international companies with advice and counsel concerning the full gamut of issues affecting the employer-employee relationship, from recruitment to post-employment obligations. The group works with human resources departments, chief operating officers, chief executive officers and others to ensure compliance with employment laws throughout the United States, providing guidance on federal, state and city laws.
     
  • Our Immigration team helps clients successfully navigate complex immigration agency laws and regulations in the United States and abroad, including assistance to clients with business- and employment-based immigration issues, and compliance with the employer sanctions and anti-discrimination provisions of immigration law.
     
  • The International Transactions team has represented clients throughout the world. We assisted Hyatt International in connection with management, branding and operational agreements for the Park Hyatt Phu Quoc project in Vietnam; and we represented TransDigm Group Inc. in connection with its sale of the France-based Souriau-Sunbank Connection Technologies business unit, valued at approximately $920 million.
     
  • The Antitrust and Competition team represents clients in DOJ and Federal Trade Commission investigations, including the DOJ’s cartel investigation of the world’s largest ocean carrier of roll-on/roll-off vehicles. Our attorneys also performed due diligence work on behalf of a Japanese pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a U.S. generic drug company.

We have experience in counseling businesses ranging from software startups to multinational corporations in many global industries, including:

We maintain several geographically focused teams to assist clients with vital interests in China, Germany, India, Japan and Latin America. Our attorneys are well-prepared to advise clients doing business in these regions and help them establish and maintain beneficial relationships.

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  • Represented a Mexican company in a U.S. ADR offering and stock exchange listing.
  • Represented a German manufacturing company in connection with its global offering of high-yield bonds under Regulation S and Rule 144A and subsequent exchange offer for SEC-registered high-yield bonds.
  • Represented a Canadian oil and gas company in a series of transactions resulting in the sale of its assets to multiple purchasers and subsequent SEC deregistration.
  • Guided a client through responses to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) subpoenas regarding embargoed country activities and conducted an internal investigation of the matter, which OFAC decided not to penalize. Additionally, we developed a comprehensive export control and embargo/sanctions compliance program for the client.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Associate Houston
Partner New York
Partner Houston
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Houston
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Orlando
Partner Orlando
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Chicago
Partner New York
International Counsel Washington, D.C.
Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Partner New York
Partner Columbus
Associate Houston
Partner Cleveland
Associate New York
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Partner Houston
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Associate New York
Partner Chicago
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Houston
Associate Costa Mesa
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
International Trade Analyst
International Trade Analyst Washington, D.C.

Experience

  • Represented a Mexican company in a U.S. ADR offering and stock exchange listing.
  • Represented a German manufacturing company in connection with its global offering of high-yield bonds under Regulation S and Rule 144A and subsequent exchange offer for SEC-registered high-yield bonds.
  • Represented a Canadian oil and gas company in a series of transactions resulting in the sale of its assets to multiple purchasers and subsequent SEC deregistration.
  • Guided a client through responses to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) subpoenas regarding embargoed country activities and conducted an internal investigation of the matter, which OFAC decided not to penalize. Additionally, we developed a comprehensive export control and embargo/sanctions compliance program for the client.
  • Represented Ford Motor Company in two U.S. Court of International Trade actions seeking refunds of $6.2 million estimated duties paid on imports and for approval of $4 million in drawback claims.
  • Guided a large aerospace parts manufacturer in the development and implementation of an enhanced export compliance program.
  • Assisted a client with the drafting of its form Master Services Agreement (MSA) with an eye toward new privacy laws in India to ensure that the client understood the practicality and implications of the privacy laws as they apply to existing relationships with the vendors and the negotiation of the MSA. The overall value to the client of the MSA was $700 million over the term of the contracts.
  • Tried and won a $197 million treble damage verdict against Nelson Bunker Hunt and others for manipulating worldwide silver prices and nearly crashing the U.S. economy. Major institutions, including Merrill Lynch, Prudential Bache, and Continental Grain, settled for a total of $60 million prior to trial.
  • Represented a German subsidiary of a major U.S.-based manufacturer in ICC arbitration with Brazilian energy developers to pay for and take delivery of equipment for use in the construction of an electric power generation station in Brazil.
  • Advised Europe’s largest newspaper and magazine publisher on transactions to sell its U.S. magazine business. Approximate transaction value $450 million.
  • Represented Orafol Europe GmbH, a privately held German company, in its $250 million acquisition via a reverse triangular merger for ORAFOL Europe GmbH of Reflexite Corp.
  • Provided U.S. tax advice on a several billion dollar, public acquisition of a multinational group of companies, including issues arising under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Act and the passive foreign investment company regime, as well as certain unique potential consequences of the recently-enacted inversion legislation.
  • Advised a Fortune 25 public company with respect to structuring a cross-border oil and gas joint venture including addressing U.S. trade or business and effectively connected income issue, title passage, and transportation income issues.
  • Advised a Fortune 100 company on the implementation of a global holding company structure in Europe, Asia, South America and Central America.

Recognition

  • Law360 Practice Group of the Year – International Trade 2018
  • Law 360 MVP – International Trade 2018
  • Chambers Global
    • International Trade (USA) (2015 to 2017)
    • International Trade: Customs (USA) (2017 to 2019)
    • International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (USA) (2017 to 2020)
    • International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (USA) (2017 to 2020)
  • Chambers USA
    • International Trade: (Nationwide) (2014 to 2016)
    • International Trade: Customs (Nationwide) (2017 to 2018)
    • International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Nationwide) (2017 to 2019)
    • International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (Nationwide) (2017 to 2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States –
    • Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (2017 to 2019)
    • Dispute Resolution: International Litigation (2017 to 2019)
    • Dispute Resolution: International Trade (2015 to 2019)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
    • International Arbitration – Commercial – National (2012 to 2020) and Washington, D.C. (2012 to 2019)
    • International Arbitration – Governmental – National (2012 to 2020) and Washington, D.C. (2012 to 2019)
    • International Trade and Finance Law –Washington, D.C. (2016 to 2019)
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2020 BTI Client Service 30 for the sixth consecutive year.

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