As the world becomes more globalized, international trade issues become more common. Whether your business is a small company or multi-national corporation, you probably import materials, export products, license intellectual property rights, or conduct other cross-border transactions in some capacity.
An international trade lawyer from Sequoia Legal helps you comply with international trade regulations and other laws governing your business.
International trade law isn’t a standard field known to every lawyer. When you need representation in your international trade, customs, or finance transaction, you need international trade attorneys with a specific skillset. Your lawyer must have knowledge of:
Sequoia Legal has represented businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietors to multi-national corporate clients. When you need an import-export attorney, turn to Sequoia Legal.
Our international trade compliance lawyers also enjoy extensive experience in interpreting and advising on the following regulations and international trade agreements:
The experience that our global trade compliance lawyers have accumulated from resolving disputes over the foregoing matters is virtually unparalleled. Nevertheless, we seek to keep our clients out of disputes as much as possible by anticipating potential problems in advance.
To discuss your international transaction and how an experienced attorney can assist you, contact Sequoia Legal for a consultation today.
We advise both multinationals and SMEs on import/export issues relating to trade to and from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The international trade puzzle includes many pieces, including but not limited to:
Fortunately, our international trade lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced in all of these areas and more. Knowledge and experience are not enough, of course. We also keep current on the ever-changing international trade environment so that we can help you meet your company's individual business objectives while remaining in compliance with applicable law.
We represent various business entities, including multinational corporations, business groups, SMEs, and non-profit organizations. Our cases frequently involve high-stakes transactions and complex compliance matters in various industries, including medical device manufacturing, inbound foreign investment, and technology coming out of industries subject to US export restrictions, such as:
We also work with businesses that regularly require authorizations from foreign governments and companies that bid on foreign government contracts.
Every international business transaction is unique. We create a tailored legal strategy based on your particular needs, goals, and budget. We work closely with you to find the appropriate trade remedies for your business.
For over a decade, our lawyers have advised clients who conduct business in many countries around the world. Our experience gives us keen insight into navigating international transactions and business, including finding solutions for customs enforcement issues.
Many of our lawyers have worked at the most prestigious law firms in the nation and earned some of the legal profession's highest honors, including selection as Super Lawyers and receiving the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Our Denver export compliance law firm has extensive experience with export administration regulations, the FCPA and international trade and can assist clients with developing export control and FCPA compliance programs. We ensure each client follows appropriate FCPA, export control compliance and foreign trade regulations for their industry, and our clients hail from nearly every industry sector. The attorneys at Sequoia Legal have successfully assisted and provided continued guidance for several international companies regarding the internal implementation of FCPA and export compliance plans. These companies employ and engage in various transactions with individuals and companies around the world. To ensure continued compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations following the implementation of the FCPA and export compliance programs, Sequoia Legal has conducted company audits, interviews and internal FCPA training programs. Due to the diligence of the Sequoia Legal team, zero issues or enforcement actions have been taken by the US government against Sequoia's clients for any FCPA or export related matter. An investment in a Sequoia Legal compliance plan has saved our clients time, focus and money.
Companies routinely face complex situations when exporting or doing business internationally. There is a complex set of laws and regulations applicable to the persons, places and products involved in international business. Businesses sometimes end up violating or running afoul of these highly technical and complicated rules. Sequoia Legal has represented various US and foreign companies in conducting internal investigations relating to suspected violations of US sanctions and export controls. Following completion of these internal investigations, where necessary, we have assisted clients in voluntarily disclosing suspected violations to US authorities and have obtained favorable outcomes, including reduced penalties or no penalties. This has allowed our clients to sleep at night and continue to expand and do business internationally in compliance with applicable US law.
Our team at Sequoia Legal regularly helps sellers and buyers of businesses navigate the intricacies of the purchase and sale process to help them achieve their dreams. In this case, Sequoia Legal was brought on by the owners of a local technology company in a sale to a strategic acquirer with a total transaction value in the multiple millions. We successfully negotiated transaction agreements, including due diligence with the buyer and post-closing employment agreements, and closed the transaction within an expedited 30 days period. As part of this process, we helped educate the sellers through their first transaction and work through the emotional roller coaster of selling your business.
And Finding It! Sequoia Legal regularly helps search funds and individuals find, acquire and successfully build new businesses. Our client was a search funder focused on acquiring a company in the professional services industry. We assisted in negotiating several LOI's that fell through, but as a result of that process, we found the right acquisition fit and assisted our client in executing an LOI, conducting due diligence, structuring the deal, negotiating the purchase agreement, working with the SBA and completing a deal that included a cash payment, SBA loan and seller financing with a variable note that reduced if certain revenue metrics were not achieved. We then assisted our client with several "tuck-in" acquisitions to further augment and accelerate the client's goals and exponentially grow revenue.
Sequoia Legal is exceptional. Our organization; Jamison Transportation Products (JTP), will most definitely continue business and highly recommend their services. They respond quickly and fees are reasonable.
The Sequoia team has done and continues to do a great job for our business. They represented us in a transaction and assisted us with many of our general legal needs. Thankful for their team and expertise.
Pinar Ece K.
As the general counsel of an internationally operating company, I am very happy that our paths crossed with Sequoia Legal. They offer timely and tailored solutions to our company's matters relevant to compliance to US legislation in terms of cross border transactions. We work with Andrew and Hunter from the team who has extensive knowledge on the subject. I recommend Sequoia Legal to any US company that wants to operate with confidence in foreign markets.
Our company’s trade secret protection system was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Sequoia helped us revamp the system so that it complies with both state and federal law. I cannot recommend their services highly enough.
The dedicated attorneys at Sequoia Legal have the experience and knowledge to help you with your international law issues. Whether you are developing a compliance plan to avoid running afoul of international regulations or facing an enforcement action for an alleged breach of U.S. or international traffic laws, we can tailor a legal strategy to guide you through your international business issues. Contact us today.
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International trade compliance is a process whereby all goods and services entering or leaving a country must comply with all applicable regulations and restrictions. These may include import/export licenses, disclosure requirements, payment of taxes and duties, etc. Since regulations and requirements are typically complex and multi-layered, unintentional non-compliance is common.
Restricted dual-use items include goods, technology, software, and documentation that could be used for either civilian or military purposes. Because of their possible military use, the export of such items is typically restricted in various ways. It is critical that you comply with the rules because violating them could result in not only hefty civil fines but even criminal liability in some cases.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issues the Entity List, which is a part of the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The Entity List is a list of names of foreign individuals, organizations, and governments that US persons are prohibited from trading with or that they must obtain a special license for exports, reexports, and domestic transfers of exported goods. Specific licensing requirements may vary among the individuals and organizations on the Entity List.
You do not need to apply at all as long as the technology qualifies for treatment under EAR99 of the Export Administration Regulations or if an exception applies. Otherwise, you must apply for an export license as soon as you intend to transfer technology to a foreign national located in the US, if transfer to the foreign national’s home country would need an export license.