International

We have devoted special attention to the interests of our U.S. clients doing business outside the United States as well as to protecting the U.S. interests of foreign companies. We regularly represent clients in international joint ventures and have established working relationships with foreign lawyers throughout the world to provide prompt and effective advice to clients contemplating business activities and transactions outside the U.S.

We regularly provide counseling to a substantial number of U.S. and foreign-based clients regarding the structure and terms of contracts for purchase, sale, and distribution of products and services, including distribution agreements, agency relationships, requirements contracts, technology licenses, manufacturing agreements, and supply contracts. This includes advice with respect to the application of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), creditors' rights, antitrust and trade regulation compliance, international sales conventions, and intellectual property protection. We also handle leasing, design, and construction agreements for U.S. companies throughout the world. We coordinate the completion of multinational transactions and agreements around the globe.

The practice areas where we regularly provide counseling, and where the firm has substantial depth of experience and resources, include the following:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • technology development and strategic joint ventures
  • immigration and employment
  • commercial contracting, competition, and maritime law
  • environmental law
  • intellectual property protection and licensing
  • securities law
  • litigation, arbitration, and mediation
  • establishment of U.S. operations
  • leasing, design, and construction
    • Experience
      • Represented a NYSE company in the formation of a NAFTA joint venture with a German chemical company for the development of chemical compounds and biologicals, including structuring licensing arrangements for the use, disclosure and practice of technology contributed to and developed by the joint venture and its members.
      • Represented a NYSE company in all intellectual property aspects of the sale of its global textile colors business and European industrial colors business to UK public company, including numerous licensing arrangements.
      • Represented a major electric heating appliance manufacturer in connection with issues relating to its North American restructuring of United States- and Canadian-based affiliates.
      • Represented a large Canadian manufacturing company in connection with the listing of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the related registration of the company’s common stock on Form 20-F under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
      • Represented bottled water manufacturer in connection with the registration with the SEC of U.S. $100 million 11½% senior subordinated notes due 2007 and the guarantees on a subordinated basis by its subsidiaries, which notes and guarantees were exchanged for a like principal amount of notes and guarantees sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers through BT Alex.Brown and NatWest Capital Markets Limited, and in connection with its periodic reporting obligations with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
      • Represented publicly traded European conglomerate in connection with office leasing in 26 countries and many states.
      • U.S. representation for leading aerospace company in production joint venture.
      • Representation of Dutch company in the food and beverage business in connection with the purchase of a majority interest in a U.S.-based beverage company.
      • Representation of U.S. subsidiary of a Scandinavian steel manufacturer in a technology joint venture with a $1 billion-plus agricultural equipment company.
      • U.S. counsel for global oil trading subsidiary of German holding company.
      • Representation of U.S. subsidiary of Australian company specializing in building products technology for civil construction and building development.
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    • News
      • September 15, 2016

        Jeff White Presents at ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting Regarding Manufacturing Issues

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      • April 22, 2016

        Kathleen Porter Presents on International Panel at ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

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      • July 11, 2014

        Bill Sellay Participates in Transatlantic Business Forum

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      • June 6, 2012

        Intellectual Property and Technology Partner Discusses Exporting Medical Devices to Europe at Yale

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      • May 4, 2012

        Business Weekly Reports on William Sellay’s Presentation at Transatlantic Business Forum at Cambridge University

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      • April 11, 2011

        William Sellay Presents at Transatlantic Business Forum at University of Cambridge

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      • June 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Examines Legal Considerations for Foreign Companies Doing Business in the US

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      • June 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney a Featured Speaker at Global Business Summit

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      • March 11, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Speaks at U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Program

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      • February 16, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Addresses Scottish Technology Executives on Doing Business in the United States

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Taking your Technology to America – How to do it Right," presented by William T. Sellay, presented at Transatlantic Business Forum in Cambridge, England (6/24/2014)

      "How to Export Your Medical Device to Europe," at "Europe: Your Gateway to Trade Opportunities” at Yale University, presented by Kathleen M. Porter, panelist (5/7/2012)

      "Doing Business in the U.S.," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, presented by William T. Sellay (3/8/2012)

      "Legal Aspects of Successful U.S. Launch and Beyond," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, presented by William T. Sellay (3/10/2011)

      presented by William T. Sellay, Speaker on a program entitled "A Symposium on Doing Business in China," sponsored by J.P. Morgan/Chase (9/2005)

      authored by William T. Sellay, Interviewed and quoted for a feature article on doing business in the U.S. in Director magazine, a monthly publication for business leaders in the UK, published by the Institute of Directors (8/2005)

      e-counsel: The Executive's Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce, authored by William T. Sellay, coeditors Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Brian Moran, William Sellay, and Kathleen Porter (2000)

      "Doing Business in China," at U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (12/2004), presented by William T. Sellay

      "China: Commercial Law," at National Association of Credit Managers (6/2003), presented by William T. Sellay

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