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Whether you are a U.S.-based company wishing to do business abroad or a foreign-based company looking to do business here, Baker Donelson's Global Business Trade team has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals.

We have extensive experience in U.S. regulation of international business and inbound investment, including:

  • Foreign investment reporting requirements
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • "Reasonable Care" guidelines from Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Our clients operate in a wide variety of industries, from automotive and advanced machinery manufacturing to energy resources, medical devices and information services. We represent entities of all sizes, from single individuals seeking opportunities for investment abroad to major multinational corporations. Our approach is to provide our clients with the knowledge, training and internal compliance mechanisms to minimize the risk and potential for violations before a violation actually occurs.

Baker Donelson's Global Business Team attorneys work with companies to design global export strategies through agents, distribution networks or wholly-owned foreign companies. We consider tax and holding company structure issues and explain local legal considerations one country at a time. Our global planning includes assisting our clients in how to take advantage of free trade agreements and off-shore ventures to minimize customs duties, and we help analyze potential benefits to your sourcing and logistic supply chain structure.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a large corporation, a software service company or a manufacturer, we can ensure your business stays in compliance with U.S. and foreign legal requirements to protect you and your company from fines, penalties and violations around the globe.

Our services include:

  • Establishing foreign entities
  • Drafting international agreements for sales of products and services
  • Designing an anti-corruption compliance program and educating your sales force
  • Training personnel in export compliance (EAR, ITAR)
  • Preparing import and export compliance programs with policies and procedures
  • Conducting internal compliance audits
  • Preparing voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Government
  • Performing due diligence of foreign agents and distributors
  • Creating joint ventures with foreign parties
  • Classifying products for export (ECCN/EAR) and import (HTSUS)
  • Ensuring you have a checklist for end-user screening to avoid OFAC violations
  • Obtaining product licenses and registration with the State Department for defense products
  • Drafting contract language to ensure anti-corruption, export and anti-boycott compliance
  • Planning appropriate exit strategies to prevent good will payments to agents/distributors/partners overseas
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