The World Is Your Market.

The global marketplace is complex, challenging – and increasingly vital to businesses operating both in the United States and around the world. Companies that successfully navigate cross-border trade and investment challenges can find tremendous opportunities for growth. But succeeding in the global marketplace requires the right legal guidance.

Enter Womble Bond Dickinson’s Global Business Team. From Beijing to Buenos Aires, London to Los Angeles, our multidisciplinary team has decades of experience advising companies in a wide range of business, legal and cultural issues related to operating across international borders. Our team includes attorneys from a wide range of practice areas, all of whom are dedicated to providing solutions to companies that do business in the global marketplace. The Global Business Team also leverages Womble Bond Dickinson’s transatlantic capabilities, including 500 attorneys across eight offices in the United Kingdom, to provide expanded resources to our clients.

 

Global Reach

Womble Bond Dickinson advises both U.S. companies working abroad as well as international companies that do business—or seek to do business—in the U.S. Team members have experience advising clients operating in the UK, the European Union, Asia (particularly China), Central and South America, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, Africa and Canada.

The Global Business Team also features a market-leading group of lawyers focused on providing comprehensive solutions for government contracts, providing customized solutions to government entities.

A Full Range of Services for Global Businesses

  • Cross-border transactions (foreign direct investments, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, IPOs, equity and debt offerings, venture capital financings, licensing deals). We help companies structure, finance and document such deals, and also work to ensure compliance with relevant U.S. and local law;
  • Government contracts, including those involving international business. Team members work with companies on at all stages of the contracting process, from the initial competition to the final stages of completion. We also guide contractors in regulatory compliance as well as dispute resolution and bid protests;
  • Inbound investments in the U.S, providing antitrust, corporate employment, economic development, environmental, land use/zoning, real estate, securities and tax law counsel to inbound companies. We offer turnkey legal services to inbound investors, acting as “Outside General Counsel” to many international clients operating in the U.S. 
  • International procurement, distribution, manufacturing, and sales agreements;
  • International tax matters;
  • Cross-border trade, including all relevant regulatory compliance (export controls, foreign direct investment laws, economic/trade sanctions programs, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, etc.)
  • Economic development matters, including economic development incentives; land use and siting procedures; and regulatory matters at the state, county and local levels, drawing on strong relationships built over many years with key governmental and civic leaders.
  • Establishing operations in a new country, including due diligence, entity formation, and tax concerns;
  • Global dispute resolutions, including international arbitration;
  • Government and internal investigations of trade-related matters;
  • Cross-border labor and employment matters, working with Womble Bond Dickinson’s Immigration Solutions team. 
  • Global IP portfolio management, including registering and protecting patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets;
  • Real estate and construction solutions;
  • FDA regulatory guidance; 
  • Cross-border supply chain issues; and
  • International project finance.

Diverse Backgrounds with International Coverage

Our attorneys come from diverse global backgrounds and apply a wide variety of language skills and international practice experience in serving the business and legal needs of clients with global legal needs—from multinational companies with needs across the world to middle market companies venturing abroad for the first time to international businesses looking to establish U.S. operations.  

Womble Bond Dickinson clients benefit from the firm’s long-time active membership in Lex Mundi, the world’s largest network of independent law firms. Through Lex Mundi’s global network of more than 160 law firms in 100+ countries, Womble Bond Dickinson clients have access to seamless service from more than 21,000 attorneys across the world.

Representative Experience

  • An Italian manufacturer in expanding its original investment and doubling the size of its operations in South Carolina.
  • AIT Worldwide Logistics on the acquisition of ConneXion Holdings Ltd, the holding company of the global customs and freight forwarding business of ConneXion World Cargo, which included offices in the UK, France, Canada and Hong Kong.
  • AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX), a manufacturer of advanced electronic components, in its acquisition of a Chinese company, Chengdu OK New Energy Co. Ltd.
  • Blue Point Capital Partners in its cross-border acquisition of Ortholite Group, a global, vertically integrated company with sales offices in the US, Asia and Europe and manufacturing facilities in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea and subsequent sale of Ortholite to Trilantic North America and management.
  • Camden Partners Nexus, a Baltimore-based venture capital firm, on its participation in an $80 million series B investment round in COMPASS Pathways, a London-based mental health organization.
  • Directi, a Mauritius, India, and UAE based global technology company with the more than $100 million cross-border sale of its web presence business, which involved parties in two related joint ventures located in seven countries.
  • Media.net in its US$900 million sale to a Chinese consortium, one of the largest ad tech deals in history. 
  • Michelin North America Inc. in connection with its 50-50 joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas to form the second-largest player in the wholesale tire market in the United States in a deal valued at US$1.68 billion.
  • Multiple international manufacturing clients including CTL Packaging (Spanish), Lanxess and Continental Tire (German), Reliance Industries (Indian), Nitta Gelatin, Sony Chemical, and Livedo (Japanese), Iljin (Korean), and Legrande (French) in connection with site selection and economic development matters throughout the Southeast United States.
  • NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR), a global enterprise technology company for the retail, hospitality and banking industries, on its approximately £100 million acquisition of Zynstra Ltd., a UK based provider of edge virtualization technology.
  • NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) in connection with the sale of its global Interactive Printer Solutions (IPS) division to Atlas Holdings LLC. The IPS division had locations in more than 40 countries, and the transaction included all dedicated assets of the IPS division, including all manufacturing facilities and strategically located IPS distribution centers, and the IPS employees, worldwide. We conducted analysis and coordinated with local counsel on the transfer of owned and leased locations in Dubai, Chile, New Zealand, France and Mexico; and were awarded the “2016 Lex Mundi Award for Best Multijurisdictional Client Matter.”
  • Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd., the UK’s largest provider of small molecule API development and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical industry, in its acquisition of CiVentiChem, a U.S. pharmaceutical chemicals development company.
  • A United States government agency in connection with diverse international project finance transactions in developing countries worldwide including affordable quality school projects in Kenya and Ghana, deluxe hotels in Liberia and Iraq, affordable housing projects in Iraq, India, Central and South America, a hydropower plant in Sri Lanka, mortgage financing in Africa, East Asia and Mexico, a US Embassy in Central America, a rice mill in Indonesia, a high-tech green office tower in Pakistan, the workout recovery of a Central American agricultural loan, a Pakistani cinema chain, a leadership academy in South Africa, medical facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, and a Vietnamese sustainable fish farm.
     
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