International Law

Clark Hill attorneys have been long-time advisors to clients, from middle market to multinationals, who deal with complex business, financial, trade and regulatory matters in global markets.

We regularly handle cross-border engagements for manufacturing, health care, technology, service, and distribution businesses, as well as international banks and other financial institutions. Our International Legal Services team can advise clients on commercial transactions, import/export issues, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, financings, distributor appointments, intellectual property protection, enterprise restructurings, and real estate. We also represent foreign-based businesses in acquiring or establishing and growing operations in the United States.

In the lending arena, our attorneys have significant experience representing financial institutions, including banks and commercial finance units, bondholders, indenture trustees, equipment lessors and special purpose lenders, as well as corporate borrowers. Typical transactions include unsecured and secured term and revolving loan facilities to a wide range of borrowers. Security has included equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, shares of capital stock, real estate and other types of assets secured under international security mechanisms. We have enjoyed a high rate of success in debt restructurings, workouts and bankruptcies.

We counsel businesses on virtually all of the opportunities and legal challenges they face. We represent clients before a wide array of government agencies at all levels. Our attorneys and other professionals often represent U.S. and foreign clients in cross-border transactions involving Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Our Mexico City office is home to Clark Hill Strasburger & PBP, S.C., which provides cross-border legal services to companies, financial institutions and individuals with business interests in Mexico and the United States.

Clark Hill’s office in Dublin, Ireland helps us to serve clients who are making investments there and throughout Europe.

Our New York and Washington, DC, offices provide client service platforms at the crossroads of the world and proximity to the policymakers and regulators of the US, respectively.

Clients involved with any mode of transportation require a “robust supply chain” to support day-to-day production, sales, and distribution of goods and services across borders. Clark Hill has extensive experience with the intricate laws and regulations associated with import and export regulation, maritime matters, border security and cross-border transportation, including the special regulatory regimes applying to international transportation of hazardous materials, export of dual-use goods (having both military and civilian applications), export of military articles, and trade in goods for which NAFTA duty reductions are claimed.

Clark Hill’s global Private Clients & Wealth Management team advises high-worth individuals, family offices and representatives of financial institutions’ private client groups on an array of legal issues relating to tax planning, investments, business operations, immigration, asset protection planning and charitable giving matters.

Our clients benefit from not only our experience and perspective, but also from the resources available through our global memberships in legal networks containing firms with whom we have regular contact in more than 100 countries. These are firms in which we share similar quality controls and rate structures, who have specialized knowledge and extensive local contacts in their respective countries.

Experience

Represented a U.S. distributor of chemicals for criminal violations of the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Represented a class of claimants regarding currency seized under bulk cash smuggling provisions of the U.S.A. Patriot Act
Counsel to the administrative agent and lead arranger with respect to approximately $160,000,000 in senior secured credit facilities consisting of first lien, second lien and fully subordinated tranches as well as letter of credit and working cash sub-facilities for a specialized manufacturing company with U.S. and Canadian operations. The credit facilities provided for the recapitalization of and working capital for the loan parties and are secured by liens on substantially all of such parties' real and personal U.S. and Canadian assets.
Represented the Agent with respect to a $75,000,000 asset based credit facility involving borrowers in the steel industry, one of which is located in the United Kingdom. The credit facility was secured by assets located in the United States and the United Kingdom. TR&A also provided counsel as to the transaction structure including analysis as to deemed dividend, withholding tax and pension liability issues.