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The Nelson Mullins International Practice Group is chaired by David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2005-2009). This group handles investment, commercial transactions and trade, and like matters. Services include private and public international law and representing private and public clients including practice before courts, agencies, tribunals, and governments. The Firm has relationships with leading law firms in other countries and presents a spectrum of industry, product, and country experience. It interfaces with the firm Intellectual Property Group of more than 70 professionals.

Our international attorneys have engaged in various matters in a variety of fields such as antitrust and competition law; banking and finance; business organizations; commercial and investment transactions; federal and defense procurement, export trade controls; intellectual property; international customs and trade; international mergers and acquisitions; real estate investments; securities; information technology; automotive transportation; telecommunications; sustainable energy and aviation industries. In the past 15 years, the International Group has been involved in more than 500 major greenfield start-up operations in various manufacturing industries in the U.S. and a number of start-up operations in foreign countries through assistance of local counsel.

The Firm’s United States and foreign national attorneys are licensed in the United States and in other countries and work with an established network of lawyers in Asia and Europe to assist Asian and European companies establish operations in the United States and to assist U.S. companies in conducting business abroad. Nelson Mullins has experience in representing international companies in the United States and representing U.S., Asian, South Asian, South American, and European companies in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Sweden, Egypt, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Firm has multilingual capabilities including French, Spanish, Turkish, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Hindi.

Recent representative work includes:

  • Establishing and counseling subsidiaries for numerous Japanese, German, British, Canadian, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Egyptian, Mexican, Swiss, South African, Australian, multinational corporate investors.
  • Establishment of electric vehicle manufacturing plants and distributorship network in the U.S. for Korean vehicle manufacturer
  • Performing as Merger & Acquisition counsel for foreign multinational companies purchasing U.S. companies.
  • Structuring international ventures to address corporate, commercial, intellectual property, trade, taxation, immigration and securities issues in international business investments and financial transactions.
  • Structuring and documenting international joint ventures, licenses, distributorships, sales agencies, trade agreements, and export agreements in various industries and countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.
  • Advice and counsel on petitions and scope rulings in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in candles, crowbars, picture frames, steel wire, and lumber before the International Trade Commission and the International Trade Administration.
  • Resolution of state court claims of a US customs broker in a bankruptcy proceeding in France.
  • Institution of federal proceedings in the U.S. to counter lawsuits filed in Italy against an international air carrier.
  • Establishment of Export Control Programs for large communications equipment manufacturer and an R & D micro electronics research firm designing analog integrated circuit chips to comply with defense procurement regulations and statutes for exports of products to Europe, Asia, South West Asia, and Africa to assure compliance with the Buy American Act, Export Administration Act, Arms Export Control Act, International Trafficking in Arms Act, Trading with the Enemy Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Patriot Act and regulations dealing with classified facilities and documentation.
  • Mediation of international construction and environmental contamination dispute between two Japanese multinational corporations doing business in the U.S.
  • Recapitalization, liquidation, and disinvestment of an Italian owned plant located in South Carolina operated by a French manufacturer of steel wire used in the automotive industry.
  • Negotiation and preparation of a bilingual International Joint Venture License and Research and Development Agreement for golf products for a Korean manufacturer.
  • Negotiation and preparation of an International License and Distributorship for U.K. manufacturer of a patented bactericide/virucide and establishment of a subsidiary for the publicly listed U.K parent entity.
  • Establishment of a Foreign Trade Sub Zone in South Carolina.
  • Representation of foreign automotive OEMS and Tier 1 and 2 parts manufacturers in government affairs to secure favorable green legislation for electric vehicle, battery, and component manufacturer and vehicle operation in state and federal environments.