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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 multidisciplinary experience 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.

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 Ally Law, a prestigious network of business-oriented law firms, our clients have access to swift and effective legal advice in 41-plus countries. With Ally Law's 61-plus 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 Ally Law member firm. In addition, Ally Law members share best practices in the areas of technology, process improvement and client service. Quality evaluations are ongoing to ensure that client satisfaction remains high. 

In addition to Ally Law, 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, while maintaining 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

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Harvey Koning at 616/336-6588 or

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