We have devoted special attention to the interests of our U.S. clients doing business outside the United States as well as to protecting the U.S. interests of foreign companies. We regularly represent clients in international joint ventures and have established working relationships with foreign lawyers throughout the world to provide prompt and effective advice to clients contemplating business activities and transactions outside the U.S.
We regularly provide counseling to a substantial number of U.S. and foreign-based clients regarding the structure and terms of contracts for the purchase, sale, and distribution of products and services, including distribution agreements, agency relationships, requirements contracts, technology licenses, manufacturing agreements, and supply contracts. This includes advice with respect to the application of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), creditors' rights, antitrust and trade regulation compliance, international sales conventions, and intellectual property protection.
We also handle global leasing, design, and construction agreements for U.S. companies, and we coordinate the completion of multinational transactions and agreements throughout the world.
The practice areas in which we regularly provide counseling, and where the firm has substantial depth of experience and resources, include the following:
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Technology development and strategic joint ventures
• Immigration and employment
• Commercial contracting, competition, and maritime law
• Environmental law
• Intellectual property protection and licensing
• Securities law
• Litigation, arbitration, and mediation
• Establishment of U.S. operations
• Leasing, design, and construction
Our lawyers regularly represent clients around the world in connection with cross-border transactions with U.S. companies and with expansion into the U.S. market. Several attorneys at Robinson+Cole are fluent in foreign languages, such as Spanish, German, Swedish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Our lawyers regularly speak with and present to foreign clients and professional groups on topics such as doing business in the United States, engaging U.S. investors, international opportunities, and negotiating with domestic buyers and sellers on cross-border transactions.
Represented a NYSE company in all intellectual property aspects of the sale of its global textile colors business and European industrial colors business to U.K. public company, including numerous licensing arrangements.
Represented a bottled water manufacturer in connection with the registration with the SEC of U.S. $100 million 11½% senior subordinated notes due 2007 and the guarantees on a subordinated basis by its subsidiaries, which notes and guarantees were exchanged for a like principal amount of notes and guarantees sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers through BT Alex.Brown and NatWest Capital Markets Limited, and in connection with its periodic reporting obligations with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Representation of the U.S. subsidiary of a Scandinavian steel manufacturer in a technology joint venture with a $1 billion-plus agricultural equipment company.
Representation of U.S. subsidiary of Australian company specializing in building products technology for civil construction and building development.
Representation of U.K.-based software company in connection with its acquisition by merger of a Massachusetts-based software development company.
Ongoing representation of a Canadian national bank, acting as U.S. counsel in connection with loan transactions in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Transaction jurisdictions include Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Jamaica, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.
Regularly counsel international clients on U.S. matters relating to cross-border structuring, operations, finance, and acquisitions, with a particular focus on Canada-U.S. cross-border issues.
Represented a publicly traded paperboard company in numerous acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada.
Represented a German corporation and its U.S. subsidiary in the acquisition of a substantial share of the total assets of a Midwest developer and manufacturer of electro-mechanical transducers, its first direct move into the North American force measurement sector.
Represented a U.K.-based energy company in the acquisition of a company that owns petroleum exploration rights in Asia. The purchase price exceeded $100 million.
Served as U.S. counsel for a U.K. company in marketing the software platform of online educational learning to the U.S. market.