International Transactions

Overview

The trend toward globalization has led to a substantial increase in cross-border transactions. Because of the myriad complex regulations and laws governing such transactions, businesses need legal counsel that knows how to efficiently help navigate and comply with international requirements.

Michael Best has significant experience advising clients on cross-border transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, equity investments, divestures, securities issuances, and related matters. We advise on all aspects of due diligence, deal structuring, modeling, financing, post-merger integration, and reporting, as well as related regulatory, labor, tax, environmental, intellectual property, and corporate governance issues.

Our attorneys understand the issues involved in cross-border transactions and operations. We help guide our clients from the initial due diligence and legal analysis period, through the transfer of money and other property, closing, and the operational aspects of owning and operating a transnational business.

Experience

  • Represented U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer in the acquisition of a U.S.-based manufacturer. Handled all aspects of the acquisition, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, and labor and employment. Matter value: $50M.
  • Represented a U.S. business in the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary to the U.S. subsidiary of a Swedish engineering group. Handled all aspects of the sale, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, and labor and employment. Matter value: $15M.
  • Represented a company in the sale of its entire business, including its wholly owned subsidiaries throughout Europe, to a private equity group. Handled all aspects of the sale, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, and labor and employment. Matter value: $145M.
  • Represented a U.S. accounting firm in its combination with a UK- based professional services firm with offices across the world. Handled all aspects of the combination, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, labor and employment, and post-closing governance. Matter value: $40M.
  • Represented a publicly traded Japanese manufacturer and its subsidiary in its acquisition of a U.S.-based manufacturer’s business and real estate. Handled all aspects of the acquisition, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, and labor and employment. Matter Value: $26M.
  • Represented the buyer in a cross-border acquisition of oil and gas royalty interests from a public Canadian company.
  • Represented a jointly owned Australian services company in the stock sale of its technology services company to a publicly traded U.S. entity.
  • Acted as seller’s counsel in a deal in which acquisition financing was provided to the buyer by a Japanese multinational holding conglomerate.
  • Assisted with the formation and subsequent dissolution of a joint venture in the U.S. for a large German conglomerate, including the company’s acquisition of a U.S. business.
  • Represented an emerging U.S. technology company in a cross-border equity financing led by a $1.5B Chinese equity fund.
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  • Represented a U.S. buyer in the acquisition of a publicly traded Canadian software firm. Handled all aspects of the transaction.
  • Assisted a German-owned U.S. entity in creating a separate entity to sell its hardware and window locking systems in the United States. Handled corporate and transactional work, including eventual dissolution of the U.S. entity.
  • Represented a U.S. company in its establishment of a Chinese subsidiary and the issuance and sale of preferred stock to Chinese investors.
  • Represented a Danish food cooperative (with U.S. and UK subsidiaries) in numerous cross-border transactions and regulatory, environmental, corporate, real estate, regulatory, tax, and labor and employment issues.
  • Advised a number of U.S. multinational corporations on planning the repatriation of their non-U.S. profits to the U.S.
  • Assisted a large U.S. multinational company in rationalizing duplicative international subsidiaries across Southeast Asia.
  • Provided tax due diligence for a U.S. client related to its acquisition of a target company that had Chinese subsidiaries.
  • Assisted a U.S. corporation with U.S. and local tax considerations when moving its manufacturing operations from China to Vietnam.
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