When business dealings cross international boundaries, special attention is required to achieve optimal results and protections. Whether your challenges revolve around managing a multi-national company and workforce, protecting and litigating IP issues, structuring and negotiating international contracts and transactions—or even tax and investment planning—members of Hinckley Allen’s International Practice can deliver seasoned insight and effective counsel. Our cross-functional team of attorneys and legal professionals provide expertise in taxation, technology, securities, real estate, environmental, and labor law.

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Our Professionals

We assist individuals and businesses with a wide variety of matters that span international borders, including:


Cross-Border Transactions

Cross-border transactions can require coordination of multiple teams across geographic locations. We help clients achieve their business goals while carefully considering legal, tax, and regulatory implications at-home and abroad. Our cross-functional team of attorneys and legal professionals provide expertise in:


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Joint ventures
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • IP
  • International securities
  • Real estate
  • International labor
  • Environmental
  • Banking transactions


Global Intellectual Property Strategy and Maintenance

Companies face significant challenges in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights around the world. Our team provides comprehensive solutions to the intellectual property business challenges that face enterprises at all stages of growth, from individual inventors to large companies.


International Tax Planning and Compliance

Our team helps clients optimize international tax planning by implementing tax-efficient structures to minimize worldwide effective tax rates. We provide counsel on:

  • U.S. anti-deferral tax rules, including Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) and Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) regimes
  • Transfer pricing
  • Planning for intangibles
  • International/foreign tax treaties

We stay abreast of developments in the international tax community, including implementation of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), global cooperation to combat Base Erosion Planning (BEPS) techniques, the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure program, and other important developments.


Cross-Border Estate Planning

Multi-national families and clients with assets in other countries have special estate and generation planning concerns. Our attorneys analyze the facts specific to each client’s situation in order to recommend and implement a customized tax and estate plan that ensures a smooth transfer of assets to the next generation in a tax-effective manner.


Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

We represent multi-national enterprises in establishing their US-compliant employee benefits and executive compensation programs. We also represent executives in negotiating their compensation arrangements, particularly when those arrangements are complicated by the laws and tax regulations of non-U.S. jurisdictions.


Export Controls

We assist clients across industries, including aerospace, defense, software, and IT, with their export control compliance including:

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • U.S. Munitions Import List (USMIL) controls
  • Anti-boycott regulations
  • Rules and regulations impacting exporters of goods and software

Our representation includes identification and classification of property subject to export controls, registration and licensure, developing and implementing internal compliance programs, manuals,  policy statements, export control training, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for controlled products, and providing due diligence and M&A support.


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Bribery Compliance

Anti-bribery laws (including FCPA) present important compliance challenges for businesses operating across borders. Our team understands these complexities and provides a level of expertise and sophistication required to address compliance risks. We provide our clients with the guidance they need to remain compliant and to deftly handle compliance problems that arise. Our attorneys have experience before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other governmental authorities.


Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We represent clients in a wide range of substantive areas including:

  • International commercial disputes
  • White collar criminal and regulatory defense
  • Securities regulation
  • Product liability
  • Insurance regulation and coverage disputes
  • Bankruptcy
  • Environmental litigation

Our dispute resolution attorneys are accustomed to handling cases before traditional courts, arbitration tribunals, and a variety of other alternative dispute resolution forums common in global law and business.


To learn more about our Merges & Acquisitions practice, please contact our Practice Group Chair: Daniel L. Gottfried.

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