Globalization of markets is not a new concept. Globalization has made businesses more efficient and more competitive. Arizona, with its strategic location adjacent to the Mexican border, has become an international hub for global trade and investment since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) over 20 years ago. Understanding how to compete and win in the global marketplace is essential to any business strategy. Our attorneys provide cutting-edge legal services to businesses and individuals competing in global markets, particularly cross-border trade and investment between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In fact, Jennings Strouss has been ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms in America as a Metropolitan Tier 1 for Phoenix, Arizona in the category of International Trade and Finance Law.
Recent uncertainty surrounding NAFTA, and the continuing evolution of legal systems in Latin America raise the importance for companies doing business there to have access to experienced attorneys in the United States who understand the nuances of the law and have an extensive network throughout the North American legal communities. Jennings Strouss employs attorneys and personnel who are bilingual and have negotiated and drafted commercial agreements in other languages. One of our attorneys studied at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and over the last twenty years has developed an experienced professional network in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela. Another attorney spent a year working in the offices of a prominent Mexico City law firm, establishing contacts and assisting U.S. companies with their business activities in Mexico. Also, our attorneys advise and facilitate public and private financing for global companies of all sizes in the United States and foreign markets. Attorneys in the firm’s Washington D.C. office assist clients with a strategy regarding international operations and boast elite relationships with American, Mexican, and Canadian foreign government representatives.
Collaborating with our international network of legal, accounting, and finance professionals in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Jennings Strouss leverages its extensive experience to deliver our clients comprehensive and value-added legal solutions in:
banking and financial institutions
corporate and securities
intellectual property and trademark protection
labor and employment
surety and construction litigation
Our attorneys have assisted clients with foreign investments, joint ventures, franchising, licensing (merchandising and technical), agency and distribution agreements, real estate transactions, surety defaults, arbitration, and representation before local, state, and federal agencies. Our attorneys also advise individuals with business formation, international estate planning, and family law matters, such as divorce, custody issues, and prenuptial agreements.
Jennings Strouss attorneys participate with organizations that have a direct impact on relations with Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American countries, including the American Bar Association–Latin America Law Initiative, Arizona-Mexico Commission, North American Center for Transborder Studies, the US-Mexico Bar Association, Lawyers without Borders, the Canada-Arizona Business Council, and the Arizona Town Hall. This experience places the firm in a unique position among other Southwest U.S. law firms to assist its international client base with their legal needs in Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American countries.
Other International Business Counseling
In addition to our significant experience in Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American countries, Jennings Strouss provides a range of international services to businesses and individuals in countries around the world. We work with clients to formulate and implement strategies and manage a wide variety of international transactions. We also have unique expertise in developing solutions for intellectual property and energy matters concerning the development and implementation of energy legislation and compliance. Our attorneys have handled matters for individuals and companies located throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Members of the firm are fluent in Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Russian.
Negotiated and documented real property transactions, including sales and acquisitions of residential and commercial properties. Advised a U.S. investor group concerning an agreement for the development of a luxury time-share project along the Pacific Coast of Mexico
Advised United States-based subcontractors in connection with due diligence and bidding on a public construction project in Mexico
Advised United States-based sureties in connection with construction bond defaults in Mexico and related indemnity recovery actions in the United States
Advised United States surety on dynamics of Mexican surety market and potential acquisition candidates, and provided a recommendation on due diligence
Represented United States-based food manufacturer in connection with a cross-border commercial dispute with a Mexican-based customer
Advised Mexican-based individuals and entities concerning business formation in the United States
Advised client concerning a United States estate administration involving real property located in Mexico and held in a Mexican bank trust
Negotiated and documented commercial leases
Represented Canadian clients with entity selection and the acquisition and disposition of multifamily retail and office properties in Arizona
Advised companies in connection with private placements of equity and debt instruments, and in preparation for initial public offerings, domestically and in Canada
Advised Canadian and Mexican nationals in connection with prenuptial agreements, child custody, and support issues, and divorce decrees
Advised United States-based company in connection to near shoring operations in Sonora, Mexico, including entity formation, lease agreement, and related tax planning
Represented vegetable and grape growers from Mexico in disputes with brokers/buyers in the United States and prepared agreements to meet the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) requirements
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