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2015 Legal Risk Tune-Up
Ten Keys to Successful Global Entity Formation
Choose the Right Entity/Holding Company, Ensure Valid Company Actions, Consider Trust Companies, Use a Firm Hand with Local Counsel, and more.

2013 Cross-Border Legal Risk Tune-Up - Part II
Foreign Entity Selection, Foreign Employee Considerations, Compliance (including FCPA and export controls), and Dealing with Emerging Markets

2012 Cross-Border Legal Risk Tune-Up - Part I
International Risk in Agency/Distribution, Cross-Border Sales Terms, Web Site and Online Compliance and Contract Dispute Resolution Clauses

2010 Annual Review – What We Accomplished in 2010

2009 Annual Review – What We Accomplished in 2009

Our Legal Team-Based Managed Services Support


Cross-Border and U.S. Legal Services -
Our 20th Anniversary - 2017 - 2018

The foundation of our practice is our experience with international business transactions and cross-border investment, as well as US corporate and commercial matters, built on the kind of credentials from leading educational and corporate institutions that the business world expects from its senior advisors.

Our track record over the 20+ years of our existence speaks volumes for the level of trust we have gained from major name-brand enterprises as well as respected emerging and mid-market companies. Examples of our client relationships and projects >>

We are pleased that our clients are  letting others know about us -- for example, in late 2017, InternationalCounsel was a proud award winner in the category of Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year for our work on behalf of Suprajit Engineering Limited of Bangalore, India, in its U.S. acquisition of Wescon Controls from the U.K.'s Nova Capital.(Global M&A Network, 2017 M&A Atlas Americas Middle Markets Awards). In 2014, InternationalCounsel was recognized as "Best for Joint Ventures, Illinois" by the UK M&A publication, Acquisitions International. The award, based partly on client feedback, is for one of the most complex areas of international practice - the joint venture - and recipients in other categories include White & Case and Grant Thornton (2014) as well as Kirkland & Ellis (2012).

As many companies continue their expansion into new countries, including through increased acquisition activity, these are our 2018 client focus areas:

  • A “General Counsel” for International Growth: An experienced cross-border legal counsel to supplement the experience of a client’s general counsel and other legal team members, or to have us work directly with the CEO, CFO or director of business development.

    How to best contain legal risk when entering emerging as well as established markets? See our Legal Risk Tune-Ups in the left margin for examples.
  • A Global Contracts Special Counsel: Generally geared for larger companies with multiple worldwide contracts, we offer a cost-effective way to create a best practice cross-border contract template which we then adjust for multiple countries. We also design subsidiary establishment and management programs to optimize local structures and address annual maintenance needs.
  • A Cost-Effective Interim Counsel for US Domestic or International Legal Matters: For those that need to fill team needs on an interim basis, both for US domestic and cross-border matters. We are a law firm that can directly practice law, and our fees offer great value when compared with other law firms, and even when compared with interim legal service providers that are not law firms but broker "temporary" legal support.


Delivering Legal Services More Efficiently, Less Expensively and More Transparently - Pioneering Ways of Doing Things Differently

We now find ourselves in the midst of a changed legal profession that embraces many of the very attributes that were looked upon as something radical circa 1996.

Many now claim the ability to provide sophisticated legal services in a low-overhead and “virtual” environment, offer interim legal services in new ways, and design systems for streamlining the delivery of legal services.

We are proud to have been an early leader in this trend, yet with a distinctive focus on ways to emulate in-house best practices in a cross-border environment. Beyond the promise that alternative practice models can hold, we can point to a hard-won succession of projects and clients that have enabled us to hone processes and methodologies for working with our clients, colleagues and foreign local counsel. Low overhead and reduced rates are only the start - how can a firm like ours best add value to our clients through processes and methodologies that capture our collective experience on time and on budget, and without the enormous overhead of worldwide bricks-and-mortar offices?


What Team Characteristics Set Us Apart?

Two key factors set our practice apart. First, having held senior in-house international positions with major multinational corporations, we are accustomed to participating in practical business decisions, living within budgets and managing and controlling the legal aspects of international projects. Such in-house positions demand an ability to cost-effectively tackle challenges across multiple countries and regions based on a "toolkit" of cross-border skills (more on this below).

Second, having each lived and practiced law in more than one world commercial center (including Seoul, London, Paris, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo), we know that differences in business customs, political climates and cultural practices demand more than the conventional legal services provided by domestic lawyers. Each of our grounding in at least two world markets and ongoing work in many allows us to continually refine our toolkit of skills. Our geographic coverage – emerging markets and beyond  >>  

. . . such experience has also made us more effective counsel for U.S. corporate and commercial projects where we also put to use our internationally-honed tolerance for ambiguity and ability to make difficult judgments based on limited information.

>> For Companies Entering the US: A Cost-Effective Alternative

>> For US Law Firms: How We Can Support You & Your Clients


Our Costs are Compelling, and Our Track Record Makes Us a Sensible Choice

Frustration with large-firm billing rates has caused our message to resonate now more than ever, especially in these recessionary times when in-house counsel are under great pressure to reduce their legal budgets (and our colleagues in other law firms can cost-effectively retain our services to add great value to their clients)

With a client roster that has included Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Borders Books, The Sports Authority and Merge Healthcare, and given a legal market more accustomed to legal service providers outside of the largest law firms, we offer a real choice – a cost-effective alternative to the global law firm.

Our rates? Though our hourly rates are in the low-$300 range for our US-based senior team members, our effective hourly rate is substantially lower for our many engagements that are billed by the project or through periodic fees for a defined range of services.

Yet, these rates can be reduced even further through two initiatives offering dramatic cost savings:    
  • Managed Services Team Support. Our experience in extracting the best information for the least cost from local legal counsel on a worldwide basis, coupled with our work with leading managed services organizations, has led us to partner with and integrate managed services teams into our own projects, such as our Global Contracts Initiative. Click here for more on our Managed Services Team Support. Our longstanding work with India led us to become an early supporter of legal process outsourcing, which we integrated with our work through a leading India-based LPO, and we continue drawing on both offshore and onshore teams through managed services initiatives, including with India when that makes sense for our clients.
  • Counsel "Secondment" Program. Our experience in supporting major enterprises has led us to offer our Counsel Secondment Program. At very attractive rates, this program offers one of our attorneys on a weekly basis, either offsite or onsite, to companies able to commit to a modest period of engagement. Click here for more on our Counsel “Secondment” Program.


Why InternationalCounsel?

There is no value in “cost-effectiveness” unless it is backed by real substance. Experience with our clients and colleagues at other law firms has led us to the immodest conclusion that we have an international experience base that is very hard to match outside of large law firms. Yet, ours resides in the personal multi-country experience of each of our senior team members, not the kind of large firm fragmented experience that is spread across numerous lawyers in numerous offices.


Why InternationalCounsel? >>



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