International Business Law
The International Business Law practice at Varnum is uniquely suited to serve the varied interests of the firm's clients. Drawing on the multi-disciplinary expertise of attorneys specializing in corporate, tax, and intellectual property law, many of the firm's attorneys understand the intricacies of international business transactions and apply that knowledge to help clients resolve complex legal matters efficiently and cost-effectively.
The practice is rooted in an appreciation of the structure of foreign laws, sensitivity to cultural and communication differences, and awareness of changing trade and business environments. All are essential in matters ranging from the international sale of goods to licensing of patent and know-how; strategic alliances to multi-national investment.
Clients facing challenges or opportunities in global markets count on us to connect them with local representation in foreign jurisdictions that will provide the high quality service and responsiveness they experience with Varnum. Through our membership in the International Alliance of Law Firms, a prestigious network of business-oriented law firms, our clients have access to swift and effective legal advice in 42 countries. With the Alliance's 59 member firms, international work can easily be coordinated by Varnum, or if it best suits a client's needs, the client can directly work with an Alliance member firm.
In addition to the Alliance, Varnum's close affiliation with numerous professional associations and practicing attorneys worldwide ensures we remain in the forefront of developments in the international business community.
Varnum conducts seminars and symposiums and maintains a comprehensive library of resource materials to better serve client needs. Varnum provides counsel and representation in areas such as:
- Commercial contracts
- Agent and distributor marketing and sales agreements
- Patent, trademark, and technology licensing
- Joint ventures and strategic alliances
- Foreign acquisitions
- Immigration and visa processing
- Import and export planning
Quality evaluations are on-going to ensure that client satisfaction remains high. In addition, Alliance members share best practices in the areas of technology, process improvement and client service.