Operating diplomatic missions is a challenging proposition - even before considering the complications of a foreign legal and regulatory environment. Foreign governments turn to attorneys in our Foreign Embassies & Consulates Practice for advice and counsel on a full spectrum of legal issues including tax, real estate and construction, immigration, and employment law.

Our work for foreign embassies and consulates includes:

• Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of the United States, the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, as well as U.S. and international laws and conventions affecting foreign embassies and their governments

• Financial and other aspects of Consular Activities, such as banking relationships, professional services agreements, and financial transactions

• Real estate leases, property acquisition and transactions, location and status of embassies, real property improvements and construction contracts

• Facilitate cost-efficient expansion of home-country businesses in the United States, including establishing U.S. operations that are in compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements

• Assist efforts to attract investment by U.S. companies into the client’s home country by working with consulates and associated foreign trade organizations

• Personnel taxation matters for consular officials, employees, and non-U.S. citizens

• Criminal defense representation

• International Trade issues

• Immigration/visa issues


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