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Graves Dougherty advises a wide range of US and foreign clients on foreign investment, cross-border transactions, international disputes, and on numerous regulatory issues that can arise in the context of international commercial activities.

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Graves Dougherty advises a wide range of US and foreign clients on foreign investment, cross-border transactions, international disputes, and on numerous regulatory issues that can arise in the context of international commercial activities.

Cross-Border Investments and Commercial Transactions

Graves Dougherty attorneys have advised dozens of clients of every size on a wide range of commercial matters in virtually all major commercial markets, on projects ranging from M&A transactions to outsourcing, and from software licensing and joint technology development agreements to franchises and concessions for natural resource development. The Firm’s attorneys have advised on commercial agreements and investments in more than seventy-five countries and have particular experience advising clients on projects in developing markets in Asia, Latin America, and the North Africa/Middle East region.


Regulation of International Trade and Investment

Graves Dougherty attorneys provide guidance to US and foreign multinationals on regulatory issues affecting their cross-border commercial activities, such as anti-corruption obligations and practices (e.g., the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act), US and UN trade sanctions and embargos, anti-boycott regulations, and the norms of international corporate social responsibility. Graves Dougherty attorneys assist companies with the formulation and implementation of compliance programs for international commercial activities, and on internal investigations in connection with compliance lapses. The firm’s attorneys also have significant experience advising multinationals on implementing policies and risk mitigation measures to respond to the evolving norms of corporate social responsibility, including supply chain integrity.  In addition, the firm advises purchasers in M&A transactions on due diligence investigations of the trade compliance practices of potential acquisition targets.

Public International Law

The firm’s attorneys have advised foreign governments and private businesses on a wide range of issues arising under public international law, including questions of sovereign immunity, expropriation, treaty rights, and customary international law.

Transnational Disputes

Graves Dougherty attorneys have extensive experience advising and representing US and foreign clients on litigation, arbitration, and legal disputes crossing borders, including claims brought under international law, and claims arising under bilateral and multilateral treaties. Clients have included foreign governments and state-owned companies, as well as foreign investors and multinational non-profits.

International Private Client Services

The attorneys at Graves Dougherty advise multinational families, family-owned businesses, charitable trusts, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of issues arising in the context of cross-border investments, wealth transfers, and commercial transactions.

Graves Dougherty attorneys have advised family-owned interests from Asia, Europe, and Latin America on the formulation of in-bound business-formation strategies, the organization of assets and wealth among various family interests and jurisdictions, and the structuring of family-owned businesses with operations crossing boundaries. The Firm’s attorneys can also provide pre-immigration legal counsel to assist high-net-worth families with prudent planning prior to subjecting family members and their assets to US taxation.

The Firm’s attorneys also have extensive experience advising US-based families and family-owned businesses on out-bound investments and commercial and planning transactions in dozens of foreign jurisdictions, from China to Chile.

Graves Dougherty frequently works in conjunction with an extensive network of professionals in correspondent law firms in foreign jurisdictions, and with advisors who assist our clients with investment, accounting, insurance, banking, or immigration services, to ensure that the client has an effective, integrated strategy for business formation, the transfer of business or family assets across borders, and generational wealth transfers.

Clients of the Firm have included families, family-owned business, and high-net-worth individuals with interests in sectors as diverse as construction, entertainment, energy, technology, defense, publishing, and real estate. The Firm’s lawyers are trusted to handle the most sensitive matters and clients with discretion and confidentiality.

Representative Matters

Counseling of multinational oilfield service and equipment companies regarding the formulation and implementation of programs for compliance with international trade regulations, sanctions, and anti-bribery requirements.

Representation of dozens of manufacturers (both US and non-US) on cross-border sales contracts, distribution agreements, sales rep agreements, procurement activities, and the establishment of foreign subsidiaries and branches throughout the world.

Counseling to US and foreign electronics and software firms regarding worldwide technology and software licensing terms.

Advice to US technology and manufacturing companies with respect to OEM and joint development agreements in China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, and other markets.

Advice to companies of all sizes, from start-up technology companies to multinational manufacturers, regarding structuring of cross-border businesses, including plans to take advantage of bilateral investment treaty protections, regulatory benefits, tax-advantaged arrangements (including IC-DISC), and asset havens.

Advice to foreign business investors and high-net-worth families from Asia, Latin America, and Europe regarding the advantageous structuring of investments, trusts, and affiliates in the United States.

Representation of US and foreign clients in cross-border litigation and arbitrations regarding investment disputes (including ICSID arbitrations) expropriation claims, contract disputes, IP theft, and other contested matters.

Advice to consumer products companies (e.g., grocery store chain, coffee shop chain, guitar manufacturer) on vendor terms and supply chain integrity to reflect evolving norms of corporate social responsibility and to mitigate brand and legal risk in their procurement activities.

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