An International Team Counseling Non-U.S. Companies
If you are based outside the United States and need legal assistance with your existing U.S. affiliate, or if you want to enter the U.S. market, we can help. With lawyers across the U.S., our International Practice Group regularly advises companies from abroad in virtually all legal issues they face in the U.S. Many of our attorneys are bilingual or multilingual, multicultural, and are trained in one or more foreign legal systems. Our ‘think global, act local’ approach, relying on an extensive network of local counsel worldwide and the national U.S. presence and strength of Schiff Hardin, helps clients respond to the changing times and address their local needs.
Our international representations include mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, securities compliance, financings, litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust and competition law, labor and employment, construction, environmental, and tax.
In addition to large, public and private multinational corporations, we advise mid-sized and smaller companies based outside the U.S., investor groups, and individuals in all legal matters relating to their business activities in the U.S.
Our lawyers represent clients across a wide range of industries, including software and information technology, consumer brands, life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceutical, chemical, industrial equipment, food and beverage, and fashion, among others. We know our clients’ industries and understand their business culture and needs with respect to foreign investments and U.S.-based commercial operations.
Our familiarity with foreign civil law legal systems and business cultures make us uniquely sensitive to the requirements of clients from abroad. It also allows us to offer practical and efficient solutions to both legal and business problems that take into account not only the latest developments in U.S. law and practice, but also any special legal requirements of the client’s country.
Serving as U.S. Outside General Counsel to International Companies
We regularly serve as outside general counsel to non-U.S. companies for their business operations inside the U.S., and we work closely with owners and senior management. In this role, we oversee all aspects of their legal work by using a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team approach to coordinate legal services from the various practice areas of the firm. Our timely and cost-effective advice not only answers the question asked but also anticipates further problems and helps solve them before they escalate. With our dedicated team of outside general counsels, we cover a lot of ground, from handling day-to-day corporate, commercial, and employment activities, to supervising and directing simple or complex dispute resolution or litigation matters
Connecting U.S. Companies to a Worldwide Legal Network
We believe that the best way to assist domestic clients doing business outside the U.S. is to team with major law firms in foreign jurisdictions. We have strong relationships with senior partners at select groups of foreign firms depending on the local jurisdiction at stake (such as FIDAL and its international alliance, the PwC and Ernst & Young legal networks, and the TerraLex law firms), and our established relationships with local counsel inside and outside these networks and throughout the world provide us with prompt and efficient access to proven “best in class” counsel outside the U.S.
Our local partners understand the global needs of U.S. companies, allowing us to tap the abilities of top professionals in their fields to deliver high-quality, value-added work in a seamless manner. This “best-friends” approach is a cost-effective and time-efficient manner of providing international legal services.