“Most businesses have similar concerns when it comes to managing risk and ROI. But when businesses work internationally, there are complex layers to manage, such as international trade terms, cross-border transactions, investments, logistics, and dispute resolution. This is why clients rely on our International Group to manage the important issues that must be resolved successfully.”

    • Who We Are

      Kaufman & Canoles’ International Group comprises the leading representatives of foreign-affiliated companies doing business in the Mid-Atlantic. Decisions concerning any substantial trade matter are rarely confined to a single forum, require a single set of skills, or ignore economic, political, or legal consequences. With years of experience, our attorneys are involved in international trade and investment matters, bringing a full range of business, legal, and economic services to companies engaged in global commerce. And we always work hard to find the right business and legal solutions for your company.

    • How We Help

      We guide and support international investors who are starting or expanding their business in the United States, and Virginia in particular. We provide practical legal advice and have relationships our clients can depend on for their international trade matters and agreements. In a nutshell, we help U.S.-based businesses export their technology or products to other countries, provide legal services to foreign customers who need guidance in U.S. law, and assist our national and international clients in entering into joint ventures with counterparts in other countries.

      Our International Group has been privileged to create deep business relationships with numerous foreign-owned firms located in Virginia and domestic companies reaching beyond the United States border. We offer experience in:

      • Drafting international sales and licensing agreements
      • Setting up international distribution networks
      • Structuring foreign and domestic joint ventures
      • Structuring the U.S. in-bound investment

      The issues we advise on regularly include:

      • Anti-boycott regulations
      • Competition laws
      • Customs matters
      • Export licensing
      • Foreign and U.S. tax considerations
      • Foreign and U.S. investment regulations
      • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
      • Foreign trade zones
      • Incorporations
      • Intellectual property protection
      • International dispute resolution
      • Letters of credit

      We thrive on helping you build on your business strengths while ferreting out the pitfalls we are accustomed to spotting and transforming them into positive possibilities.

    • Who We Represent

      We advise international companies needing cross-border advice as well as U.S.-based and defense-related companies and contractors engaged in both sides of national and international cross-border transactions.

      We help importers and exporters answer questions such as:

      • How do I get paid?
      • How do I resolve a dispute?
      • How is performance measured?
      • Is a joint venture with an overseas company a viable solution?
      • Should I require a letter of credit?
      • What about foreign exchange controls?
      • What are the Export Administration Regulations, and how might they affect the export of my freight?
      • What are the export controls I will be subject to?
      • What are the pros and cons of distributors and agents?
      • What business entity works best for international trade?
      • Whose law applies in the sales contract?
    • Press And Publication