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The goal of Baker Donelson's Global Business Team is to help our clients achieve success wherever their business takes them in the world.

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Assisted U.S. companies with establishing international distributorship and sales representative arrangements in Russian Federation, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Nigeria, Gabon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Advised aerospace materials manufacturer on facility expansion projects in multi-year, multi-phase expansion of more than $400 million in capital investment.

Advised large food processor on plant expansion projects in Louisiana and North Carolina, including state and local incentives negotiation, transportation analysis and infrastructure financing.

Practice Overview

Overview

The expanding global marketplace presents unique trade and investment opportunities throughout the world for both U.S. and non-U.S. businesses and individuals. The goal of the Global Business Team is to help our clients achieve success wherever their business takes them in the world. From our 21 offices located in key markets throughout the Southeastern United States and in Washington, D.C. and London and with the assistance of our extensive global network of local counsel and other professionals, we have helped our U.S. and non-U.S. clients take advantage of these global opportunities in over 90 countries spanning six continents.

The expanding global marketplace presents unique trade and investment opportunities throughout the world for both U.S. and non-U.S. businesses and individuals. The goal of the Global Business Team is to help our clients achieve success wherever their business takes them in the world. From our 21 offices located in key markets throughout the Southeastern United States and in Washington, D.C. and London and with the assistance of our extensive global network of local counsel and other professionals, we have helped our U.S. and non-U.S. clients take advantage of these global opportunities in over 90 countries spanning six continents.

The more than 75 members of the Global Business Team routinely work with our U.S. clients in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Our cross-border attorneys are fluent in more than 15 languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, French, and Portuguese. We also regularly assist non-U.S. businesses and individuals in connection with their activities in the United States. Our cross-border services include:

The members of the Global Business Team have developed close working relationships with leading lawyers and other professionals from around the globe. Baker Donelson also is a member of several of the leading global law firm networks through which we can access the right expertise in the right country.  Our international network of local attorneys, bankers, accountants and government representatives provides detailed, up-to-date knowledge and information about local business and legal issues and the personalities involved, thus assuring a more tailored, efficient and effective approach to problem solving and dispute resolution.  Regardless of where the project or the dispute is centered in the world, Baker Donelson provides a single point of contact to coordinate in a cost effective and efficient manner the local, national and global resources needed to achieve our clients' goals.

  

Representative Matters
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in outsourcing of software development and implementation project to Indian company.

  • Spearheaded international aircraft and equipment leases and the concurrent equipment securitization in more than 40 countries, including India, China, Australia, Sweden, Indonesia, Scotland and other countries in Europe, Africa, Central America and South America.

  • Assisted clients and coordinated with local counsel regarding aviation, secured asset and tax issues for operating and financing leases and purchase and sale agreements for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in various international locations, including England, Spain, France, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, East Timor, Taiwan, Chile, Peru and the Philippines.

    (2016)
  • Represented a HIT company in expansion to the UK.

  • Lead counsel to an American company in the acquisition of a technology company based in the United Kingdom, valued in excess of $100 million.

  • Local counsel to guarantor regarding an international lending transaction in excess of 600 million euros.

  • Represented Italian contractor in obtaining contractor and business licenses and in commencement of commercial operations in the United States.

  • Drafted various contracts for a large, multinational Italian construction contractor for its U.S. projects.

  • Represented the design-builder of an aquarium facility in Taiwan.

  • Represented a manufacturer of solar power generation equipment located in California with respect to a RFP bid process and subcontractor agreement for construction of a power generation facility in South Africa.

  • Represented a golf-training equipment manufacturer in the development and negotiation of multiple exclusive distribution and licensing agreements with distributors of manufacturer's products in Shenzhen, P.R. China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Middle East, Trinidad and Tobago and South Korea.

  • Facilitated the formation of a domestic joint venture between a U.S. renewable energy company and an international renewable energy company, and drafted the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and other service/project contracts.

  • Represented an international health care provider in resolving Hurricane Katrina claims throughout the Gulf region.

  • Represented Korean equipment manufacturer in dispute with distributor; obtained appointment of receiver in state court pending international arbitration.

  • Represented Mexican manufacturer in contract dispute with distributor in state and federal courts in North Carolina; obtained summary judgment.

  • Assisted U.S. companies with establishing international distributorship and sales representative arrangements in Russian Federation, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Nigeria, Gabon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

  • Advised U.S. software, agricultural and oil field services companies in establishing business presences in Russian Federation, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Canada.

  • Guided Japan-based global logistics company in their regional headquarters move to Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Counsel for expansion and consolidation of chemicals and materials manufacturing facilities to publicly traded entity.

  • Counsel to U.S. entities for public bid projects in Brazil.

  • Lead counsel for Brazilian manufacturing entity in North America.

  • Advised U.S. company on purchase of UK-based manufacturing company.

  • Advised Italian company on sale of U.S.-based subsidiary.

  • Advised Italian manufacturer on acquisition of U.S.-based plant facility.

  • Numerous projects advising U.S. and European clients in establishment of subsidiary entities and operations in Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Peru.

  • Led acquisition of German medical technology company for U.S.-based technology fund.

  • Led acquisition of Brazilian entity for multinational technology company.

  • Advised aerospace materials manufacturer on facility expansion projects in multi-year, multi-phase expansion of more than $400 million in capital investment.

  • Advised large food processor on plant expansion projects in Louisiana and North Carolina, including state and local incentives negotiation, transportation analysis and infrastructure financing.

  • Advised national-level food processor on multi-state site selection process for plant location.

  • Consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Management and Budget, Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for economic development training, and the Ministry of Export, Innovation and Economic Development of Quebec.

  • U.S. legal counsel for startup operations for European manufacturers.

  • Helped form and launch an international hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands organized to invest in distressed European bank assets and other financial institutions.

  • Developed U.S. software licenses for international oil field services software providers.

  • Served as co-defense counsel for spice manufacturer in action brought by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in which the FDA sought broad injunctive relief including destruction of inventory based on violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In a published ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee recognized the extensive measures undertaken by the manufacturer to ensure compliance with FDA rules and regulations and that much of the relief sought by the government was largely unnecessary. 

  • Handled Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Process for accounts in Switzerland and a variety of other foreign jurisdictions.

  • Represented Japanese shipowners and underwriters in claims arising out of a collision in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.

  • Defended an international automobile manufacturer in a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and breach of implied warranties under Tennessee law. After filing motions to dismiss and to strike class action allegations on behalf of the automobile manufacturer, the plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal dismissing his case.

Baker Donelson Global Initiatives

Baker Donelson is pleased to introduce its Global Initiatives, a series of forums and dialogue programs organized by unique initiatives, aimed at bolstering trade and investment opportunities between foreign countries and the American South. The Initiatives facilitate collaboration between policymakers and leaders of influential businesses, trade organizations, governmental agencies/authorities, universities and think tanks. We are uniquely situated to offer these programs, building upon our extensive experience and relationships with foreign governments and trade groups, economic development agencies and businesses and nonprofit institutions across the South, America's fastest growing economic region.  To learn more, click here.

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