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International-U.S. Cross-Border

The multidisciplinary attorneys who make up Hodgson Russ’s extensive international and cross-border practice provide U.S. counsel to clients on a broad range of international legal issues. We serve companies around the world, ranging from major, multinational technology, service, and industrial companies to startups and small family businesses, advising on the full range of U.S. legal issues involved in cross-border business. Our attorneys represent both foreign clients with business or personal dealings in the United States and U.S.-based clients with interests in foreign countries.

We also represent foreign clients in resolving disputes with U.S.-based business partners, including in the federal and state courts. Our attorneys handle arbitrations and mediations before all domestic and international bodies and represent clients before numerous administrative agencies, both state and federal.

Hodgson Russ has extensive experience counseling foreign-based businesses on the legal issues involved with entering and developing new markets for their services and products in the United States. Many of our clients are based in civil-law jurisdictions, in particular, France.

Strong teams in intellectual property, including patents; taxation; and business law permit our clients to plan their international development in a structured and risk-aware manner.

Hodgson Russ regularly advises businesses and individuals around the world in all areas of U.S. law, including:

  • Acquisition and disposition of U.S. entities
  • Agency compliance, including with the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Agriculture, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and numerous others
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy and international creditors' issues
  • Capital market transactions
  • Customs and tariff matters
  • Executive compensation and estate planning for international corporate executives
  • Export control matters
  • Financing transactions
  • Government relations, including foreign government issues
  • Health law
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property, including patent registration
  • Labor and employment
  • Real estate
  • Renewable energy
  • Taxation
  • Technology transfers and joint ventures

Our attorneys work together to negotiate successful agreements for a broad spectrum of business relationships, including commercial agents, distributorships, employment, franchising, joint ventures, leasing, licensing, marketing, noncompetition, partnerships, sales, shareholder relations, strategic alliances, and other corporate and commercial matters.

With six offices in the United States and Canada, including in the major financial and business markets of New York and Toronto, and much of our infrastructure in lower-cost jurisdictions, we are able to offer our clients the full range of excellent-quality legal services of some of North America’s top economic markets without the disproportionate expense of other large U.S. firms.

Of further benefit to our clients, Hodgson Russ is an active member of the United States Law Firm Group, a network of established U.S.-based law firms, many of which have offices outside the United States and all of which have extensive experience with lawyers and law firms in a number of countries. This network and our own extensive relationships help provide Hodgson Russ clients with effective assistance in selecting competent counsel in all of the significant commercial countries in the world.