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International Law

International Litigation

A substantial number of LeClairRyan's International Law clients are businesses and multinational corporations based throughout the world. When facing a legal challenge in the United States, these clients need an attorney with an in-depth understanding of relevant jurisdictional matters, service conventions and conflict-of-laws authorities. 

LeClairRyan represents European and other international clients in New York and in other venues throughout the United States in complex proceedings involving disputed jurisdiction, choice of law, forum disputes, and disputed arbitration clauses. We serve clients in a variety of contexts, including joint ventures, acquisitions, franchise agreements, distribution agreements, and other business relationships.

Our attorneys are frequently called upon to provide information, advice and testimony on issues related to U.S. law in courts throughout Europe and partner with experienced European attorneys to provide opinions regarding international matters pertinent to U.S. proceedings. Our team is adept at resolving issues of jurisdiction, conflicts of law and forum non conveniens. We are well-versed in conducting U.S. discovery throughout the world, as well as pursuing actions in the U.S. to obtain discovery relevant to foreign proceedings.

As a team, our knowledge and experience in international litigation and dispute resolution enables us to offer highly capable guidance and representation to clients in a variety of industries and in diverse legal matters ranging from international business transactions and contract matters to intellectual property disputes and complex environmental remediation claims.

International Corporate Transactions

LeClairRyan's International Law attorneys assist domestic and foreign-based clients in negotiating, structuring and implementing strategic corporate and commercial transactions and day-to-day operations.

Our clients range in size from individual entrepreneurs and start-up companies to multinational corporations in a variety of industries, including commercial, investment and merchant banking, manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage, logistics, distribution, real estate, media, equipment leasing, and consulting.

LeClairRyan consistently achieves favorable and quantifiable results for our clients, even when confronted with the most difficult circumstances and severe time constraints.

In-bound Operational Matters

Our firm represents many foreign-based companies with respect to their United States operations, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and recapitalizations
  • Formation and administration of closely-held corporations, limited liability companies, joint ventures, partnerships, funds, and technology and distribution start-ups
  • Leasing and off-balance sheet financings
  • Domestic and international sale of goods and services
  • Employer/employee and non-competition matters
  • Franchising and distributorships
  • Immigration planning and implementation
  • Corporate and individual tax planning and implementation

Finance and Lending Transactions

Our firm also has considerable experience in domestic and international bank finance and lending transactions, representing multinational and domestic commercial, investment and merchant banks, senior secured and mezzanine lenders, and equity and venture capital investors, as well as a broad spectrum of corporate and individual borrowers. Our experience includes:

  • Public and private equity and debt offerings
  • Formation and operation of publicly offered investment vehicles
  • Initial, secondary and global public offerings of securities
  • Private placements of complex debt and equity securities
  • Secured and unsecured commercial loans
  • Trade finance
  • Acquisition-related loans
  • Real estate loans
  • Secured, unsecured, LBO, MBO and work-out loans

Domestic and International Corporate and Dispute Resolution Strategies

In addition to LeClairRyan's corporate transaction experience, our firm also has a depth of experience representing businesses in state and federal courts nationwide, in the United States Supreme Court, and in international courts and tribunals. We frequently develop dispute resolution strategies for clients in matters related to business law, employment law, intellectual property, and patent, trademark and copyright infringement. We also advise lenders in the prosecution and defense of lender liability and business fraud claims as well as in regulatory and fraud prevention matters.