International Services Group

Businesses need counsel with knowledge and international reach to meet the challenges of today’s global marketplace. The International Services Group (ISG) helps U.S. businesses grow and operate abroad and assists foreign businesses to expand into and succeed in the United States. For more in-depth international law resources, visit our blog

To address global issues of trade compliance, corporate, tax, IP licensing, labor and immigration and other matters, ISG maintains close relationships with more than 70 major law firms worldwide through MULTILAW. Our Inner Circle of other foreign firms ensures that we provide seamless and prompt global service for our clients here and abroad.

Our Services Include:

Product and Services Distribution and Licensing

Our ISG helps businesses market and sell their products, services, and inventions through global distribution, agent, franchise, direct sale, licensing, and joint venture agreements. ISG attorneys work to achieve global tax efficiency; international patent, trademark, and other intellectual property protection; use of favorable commercial terms; and other objectives of importers and exporters. The US Exporters Checklist is also available for download. 

Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Direct Investment

Our ISG establishes foreign subsidiaries and tax-efficient holding structures for U.S. business as they become multinational. We speak over 20 languages and help non-U.S. businesses get established and grow in the USA. Our merger and acquisition team works globally for U.S. and foreign buyers and sellers. Our Business Combinations attorneys devise strategic alliances to achieve global expansion, including contractual and equity joint ventures.

Protecting and Enforcing Global Intellectual Property

Patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets can be a company’s key assets. Our ISG helps clients devise and execute cost-effective IP strategies on a worldwide basis with support of a global network of associates. We help businesses license technology and conduct global technology transfers. Our IP litigators enforce intellectual property rights to stop infringers.

Personnel and Immigration

ISG attorneys help clients to secure visas and work permission for personnel, inside and outside of the U.S. We advise on expatriate tax and estate planning issues. We consult on international secondment and assignment agreements and other matters needed for an increasingly mobile, cross-border workforce.

International Trade Compliance

Our ISG attorneys offer a full range of services to help business comply with customs, import/export, money laundering, anti-boycott, anti-bribery, data privacy and other rules that govern global commerce. Our attorneys counsel and litigate on behalf of foreign and domestic companies in anti-dumping, Customs and other regulatory matters.

International Dispute Resolution

Our litigation and arbitration specialists represent clients that have disputes throughout the world. We gather evidence needed from foreign jurisdictions for use in U.S. courts and arbitral tribunals, and participate in multinational dispute resolution through alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Country Desks

While our attorneys have dealt with problems in virtually every country on earth, we offer highly specialized services in particular countries through our:

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International Services Group Brochure
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Guide for Doing Business in the U.S. (English version)
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Guide for Doing Business in the U.S. (Japanese version)
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Guide for Doing Business in the U.S. (Spanish version)

We speak 22 languages and offer Doing Business Guides in multiple languages for foreign companies seeking information about locating operations in the central USA.