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The global marketplace is undergoing radical and frequent change with new ways of structuring operations and alliances being closely evaluated by domestic and foreign regulators. Within the current environment, new international treaties and regulatory agreements are being implemented, such as the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA), which have seemingly disrupted historically multilateral relationships. The effect is transforming the global supply chain in ways unthought of merely a few years ago.


The demand for the flow of goods in and out of the U.S. remains at an all-time high, creating opportunities for growth and change. Yet international law has become even more challenging, presenting a variety of legal and regulatory challenges across multiple regions.


From international trade matters to regulatory and policy issues that impact the importing and exporting of goods, to cross-border commercial transactions and disputes,  Dickinson Wright’s International Law team draws on the resources of more than 40 practice areas to provide seamless legal solutions for companies and investors operating on a global platform. Working from offices located throughout key North American trade corridors as well as through affiliations with local firms in Europe, China, the ASEAN region, Japan, India, and South Korea, we aid buyers and sellers across the globe in a variety of transactions with a particular focus in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.


Our Team


Our international lawyers are esteemed by both clients and peers for their experience and commitment to excellent representation as well as their understanding of the way culture shapes business transactions. Our team includes foreign licensed lawyers, foreign law authorities, and team members fluent in the languages in which they represent clients. Additionally, they are regularly cited for their experience by Chambers®, Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers®, and other leading evaluating organizations.



Canada:  As one of a few law firms with full-service offices operating in both Canada and the United States, our Canada-U.S. Platform (CUSP) draws all of our firm’s practice departments and client service teams into one cross-border team.  Our lawyers do not just serve as foreign legal consultants; they are licensed to practice in their respective jurisdictions and have decades of experience in the issues confronting Canada-U.S. transactions. This unified representation provides our clients with a one-stop analysis where all their needs are met on both sides of the border. All that our clients need to do is plug-in.


China and ASEAN Region: Dickinson Wright’s China and ASEAN team focuses on foreign direct investment into North America from China, Taiwan, and the ASEAN region of south-east Asia. Members of the team draw on years of experience both in this region and throughout North America to direct the balance desired by their clients between cultural understandings of commerce and global norms. The team focuses on cooperation as partners with their clients and the Asian concept of a “win-win” strategy.  Today, the team has worked with more than 200 Asian entities, guiding their investment in North America and facilitating their operations on the ground with advice in the areas of M&A, corporate structuring, immigration, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property, trade and tariffs, commercial transactions, arbitration and litigation, and many others. The team also can assists North American clients looking to do business in the Asian region through its regional legal partners.  Whether it’s setting up operations in the region, protecting IP, or connecting with governmental and business associations, we are readily available to assist with your company’s needs throughout Asia.


India:  Dickinson Wright’s India practice team not only helps clients navigate business in India, but we provide strategic legal counsel to Indian companies looking to expand or establish operations in the United States and Canada. We have extensive corporate, regulatory, and transactional experience in assisting clients with foreign direct investments, the formation of wholly foreign-owned enterprises, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and the full range of commercial dealings. Our clients’ interests are covered from “A to Z” right from company formation, employment and immigration, business acquisitions, intellectual property protection, and litigation.  In addition to looking after our clients’ interests in the courts, we have appeared in arbitrations, and even defended depositions of our clients in India.  


Japan: For over 30 years, our Japan practice has served the legal needs of Japanese businesses operating outside of Japan. Building on our experience, trust, and relationships, we continue to assist our Japanese clients in a variety of matters, including automotive, corporate, finance, immigration, intellectual property, and real estate.


South Korea Dickinson Wright’s Korean practice aids clients handling transactions in a variety of industries, providing clients with effective, seamless representation in Korea’s continually expanding economy. Members of our Korean practice have served as lead counsel in cases in district courts throughout the country, in the ITC, in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and in state courts, and have provided strategic counseling in cases in the European Union, Canada, and Asia. Our team frequently travels to Asia to support the direct management of IP in the automotive, medical device, and consumer products industries.  

Representative Matters


–Litigated large international disputes in high profile arbitrations involving claims for hundreds of millions of dollars.


–Served as general counsel to various foreign companies seeking to enter the American market as well as American companies who wish to set up businesses around the world including Europe, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, and India.


–Represented over 100 Chinese companies in Greenfield and Brownfield investment projects, including manufacturing operations, R&D facilities, business offices, site development and new construction, repurposed offices, and leasing arrangements


–Currently representing some of the largest and most established Chinese OEMs and suppliers in the North American market in corporation and litigation matters


–Counsel to domestic branches of Canadian and other foreign businesses (Japanese, Chinese, English, Swiss, Brazilian, Russian, Italian, South African, Taiwanese) in cross-border issues such as customs and compliance, corporate structuring, M&A, taxation, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives.


–Assisted Indian businesses seeking to enter the American market as well as American companies who wish to set up businesses in India.


–Represented patent owner in worldwide patent infringement litigation related to a cellular network infrastructure in the United States, Holland, Germany, and Japan.


–Lead counsel for patent owner in U.S. International Trade Commission case for infringement of a patent related to graphical user interfaces for portable electronic devices.


–Represented corporations in sponsoring international professionals for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”).


–Advised on matters related to inbound U.S. investments and business transactions between China and the United States, including tariffs, export controls, regulations under the Export Control Reform Act, the Export Administration Act, the Trade Expansion Act, and the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.


–Represented global vehicle and parts manufacturers and suppliers in manufacturing and distribution in all regions of the world.


–Successful negotiation and execution of a joint venture agreement between a fund and U.S.-based subsidiaries of Japanese and French banks.


–Counsel to Cypriot affiliate of a Russian investment group in private equity investments in high tech companies.


–Ongoing management of a leading European steel manufacturer’s expansion into the U.S. automotive supplier market, including the parallel expansion of several, separate Renewable Energy Divisions in the U.S.


–Counsel to franchisors and franchisees relating to disclosure and registration requirements under the Federal Trade Commission and various state laws, system compliance, contract enforcement, trademark issues, and post-termination resolutions.

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