International Business

Businesses operating internationally need counsel that transcends borders. Norris McLaughlin’s international business attorneys counsel global companies on matters including strategic planning, corporate and tax structure, entry into and exit from international markets, M&A transactions, employment, immigration, data privacy compliance, intellectual property, and more. Combining legal prowess with cultural awareness, our attorneys serve as trusted advisers for U.S.-based companies operating overseas and for international businesses with a presence in the United States.

As the exclusive New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania member of Legal Network International and the exclusive New Jersey member of Meritas, Norris McLaughlin has access to trusted and experienced local counsel in every U.S. state and in nearly every market in the world. Access to the legal and business acumen of the attorneys in these networks allows us seamlessly to handle legal matters around the world. Both your company, and our team, benefit from up-to-the-minute insights on the law in every member’s jurisdiction.

Our Business Without Borders blog shares analyses of global business and market trends that offer proven and practical guidance on complex issues of international business and tax law.

Who We Are

Norris McLaughlin’s international business attorneys are driven by a commitment to client success.  Before we offer counsel, we ensure that we first clearly understand our client’s business, its markets, goals, and objectives. We then work together to craft a creative, problem-solving, practical strategy to reach those goals. Our clients discover that our proactive counsel equips them with innovative, strategic solutions that help their businesses thrive in the global marketplace.

Our attorneys have deep experience in a wide range of vital industries. Not only do our clients benefit from our expertise and experience, but also from the experience of our network colleagues in their respective local markets, who understands the businesses within those sectors and the unique characteristics of the markets in which they operate. 

Who We Help

Our clients are leaders in their fields, including technology, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy, and more, as well as young companies looking to expand their markets. Businesses seeking to expand into new territories, whether next door or across the globe, turn to us for guidance. Companies rely on us when they are seeking to merge or acquire new businesses, enter or expand foreign commerce, move employees to a new country, protect or license their intellectual property, ensure compliance with data privacy regulations, and when planning to sell the company or to transition to the next generation of leadership.

We represent and advise public and private companies throughout the United States and in more than 50 other countries, including:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • China
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

What We Do

Leading businesses seek Norris McLaughlin’s assistance in a wide variety of international legal and business matters. Our team offers cost-effective, thorough, valuable counsel that helps clients facing many complex issues, including:

  • buying and selling businesses and properties
  • engaging in international transactions and related securities issues
  • financing emerging companies
  • forming new businesses worldwide
  • minimizing international taxes 
  • negotiating international distribution or licensing agreements
  • organizing business entities and corporate structure across borders 
  • planning estates and minimizing estate taxes
  • protecting creditors’ rights and other bankruptcy issues
  • securing, protecting, and monetizing intellectual property rights
  • ensuring compliance with data privacy laws

We also assist clients with strategic planning and business reorganizations, including shareholder and operating agreements. 

As an international business and tax planning practice with the backing of a multi-disciplinary business law firm, we offer our clients the benefit of access to a full range of legal services, with the capability to handle virtually any matter, regardless of jurisdiction. 

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