In the current global economy, commerce knows few boundaries. Cross border transactions have become commonplace, and multinational corporations have expanded their reach through acquisitions and investments into new markets. Credit facilities and capital resources have kept pace with this expansion. Our firm has fashioned its approach to international legal matters with this phenomenon in mind.
International legal practice is inherently multidisciplinary. An international transaction or dispute is rarely confined to a single jurisdiction and rarely governed by a single body of law. Our lawyers with international experience are not confined to a single practice group, and most of our practice groups include lawyers with significant experience in international transactions or dispute resolution. This enables our clients with international legal problems to receive the full benefit of the firm’s collective experience.
We act as general counsel in the United States to foreign-owned businesses. We provide legal advice on matters covered by our various practice groups, including litigation representation and management of litigation matters in the United States. We are regularly involved in tax matters for foreign subsidiaries and branches of U.S. corporations and of U.S. subsidiaries and branches of foreign corporations. Among other things, our tax attorneys have experience advising on tax questions arising in connection with intercompany pricing practices, international joint ventures, international licensing and technology transfers, start-up or dissolution of U.S. operations by foreign companies, and tax treaty matters.
International Commerce and Technology Transfer
We have experience in transactions involving transnational sales of goods and services and the transfer of technology through licensing agreements and otherwise. Such transactions may be affected by the United National Convention for the International Sale of Goods and INCOTERMS, as well as by import and export regulations. We have experience in a wide range of international commercial agreements, including distributorship and agency agreements, joint ventures, patent and know-how licenses, and purchase orders and invoices.
International Litigation and Arbitration
We are experienced in handling litigation and arbitration involving foreign parties in both domestic and overseas jurisdictions and have participated in proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution® established by the American Arbitration Association. We have advised foreign companies with U.S. operations and investments on ways to reduce exposure to litigation in the United States, including potential claims in the United States against foreign entities based on activities of their U.S. subsidiaries.
Foreign Investment and International Business Transactions
We are actively involved in various aspects of international investment in the United States. These transactions take a number of different forms and include acquisitions of U.S. companies, the establishment of U.S. branches, subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures, and the use of cross-border licensing, financing and management agreements. We are positioned to handle all aspects of these matters, including government approvals (Hart-Scott Rodino, Exxon-Florio and filings with other federal agencies), and have experience regarding antitrust, corporate, tax, employment, environmental and other legal questions that arise in connection with these transactions.
Robinson Bradshaw is also actively involved in the representation of U.S. companies that are engaged in projects and transactions in foreign jurisdictions. We often participate with other counsel in acquisitions by large multinational corporations in the United States and abroad.
Our firm also assists in structuring joint ventures of all kinds in the United States and abroad. We counsel clients on the appropriate form of the venture and the relevant tax and other issues that could affect the formation and operation of the venture.
Intellectual Property Matters
Our attorneys have broad experience in intellectual property law and have participated in groundbreaking technology litigation, advised clients on the protection and marketing of technological innovations, assisted in the purchase and sale of technology companies and managed complex regulatory matters. We regularly use this experience to assist clients in protecting intellectual property rights in foreign countries. Particular areas of emphasis include international software and technology licensing and foreign trademark protection.
In some instances, we can provide the best service for our clients by combining our efforts with those of other professionals. Our active participation in legal networks has provided us long-standing relationships with other law firms throughout the world, as well as with firms in the United States who have practices devoted entirely to highly-specialized areas such export licensing, immigration, customs and trade-related matters. These relationships enable us to offer particular experience and high quality service to our clients engaged in international legal matters.
News & Events
- Nov. 1, 2016
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- May 9, 2016
- Nov. 2, 2015
- Robert E. Harrington and Mark W. Merritt Appointed to NC Commission on the Administration of Law and JusticeSept. 8, 2015
- Aug. 18, 2015
- May 11, 2015
- Robinson Bradshaw Nationally Ranked in 2015 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings include recognition as a Tier 1 firm in 38 practice areas in CharlotteNov. 6, 2014
- David Shuford quoted in Charlotte Business Journal on "Service Firms Arise in Foreign Business Community"Oct. 24, 2014
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Firm Has Most Charlotte Attorneys Named to List for Fourth Consecutive YearAug. 19, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Robinson Bradshaw Named to 2014 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings Include Recognition as Tier 1 Firm in 38 Practice Areas in CharlotteNov. 1, 2013
- Aug. 15, 2013
- David A. Shuford Elected to North Carolina Bar Association’s International Law & Practice Section CouncilJune 10, 2013
- David A. Shuford quoted in Charlotte Business Journal on "Charlotte Chamber zeroes in on recruiting Chinese companies"May 24, 2013
- April 5, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Robinson Bradshaw Named to 2013 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best LawyersRankings Include Recognition as Tier 1 Firm in 35 Practice Areas in CharlotteNov. 1, 2012
- Aug. 23, 2012
- David A. Shuford quoted in Charlotte Business Journal on "Charlotte firms' expertise grows in international law"May 18, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Robinson Bradshaw Named to 2011-12 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Best LawyersNov. 1, 2011
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Aug. 18, 2011
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Jan. 23, 2009
- Sept. 19, 2008
- Sept. 7, 2007
The London School of Economics and Political Science
London, UKJuly 2-4, 2015
Robinson Bradshaw's Charlotte and Research Triangle OfficesMay 5, 2015
- A Comparative Analysis of Public and Private Political Risk Insurance Policies with Strategic Applications for Risk MitigationJuly 6, 2015Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law
- Achieving World Trade Organization Compliance for Export Processing Zones While Maintaining Economic Competitiveness for Developing CountriesNov. 1, 2013Duke Law Journal
- July 5, 2013Charlotte Business Journal
- Oct. 2012NCBA International Law