International Trade and Investment

Legal support for businesses operating across borders.

Trading and investing internationally can be both challenging and rewarding, with a host of cultural, legal and compliance risks to navigate – from local laws and international treaties to export controls and trade practices.

Our international trade and investment lawyers are experienced in guiding companies, large and small, through the legal complexities of doing business across borders, including practical and commercial advice, if you find yourself in dispute with trading partners.

Whether you are trading with or investing in the UK, or are involved in transactions internationally, we can help you to make a success of cross-border deals, enabling you to access new markets and grow your business on the international stage.

Our people, your team

Good relationships deliver the best possible outcomes, which is why we listen to you and invest the time needed to really understand and deliver on your business objectives.

We will ask the questions you may not have considered and will work with you and your stakeholders to deliver a strategy to maximise opportunities, whilst addressing the potential risks and competing interests of those involved in a transaction.

Our lawyers, many of whom have operated in-house for large multinational corporations and have practiced with global law firms, have lived and worked in almost every region of the world, amassing a wealth of knowledge and local know-how along the way.

This strategic international business experience, together with our can-do approach, will help your business to achieve its goals.

How we help

We help clients to develop appropriate international deal structures with understandable and manageable risk profiles.

Consider us an extension to your team, equipped to work with your financial colleagues, external advisers, product specialists or local staff, as required.

When expertise and knowledge is needed in a particular jurisdiction, we draw on our global network of trusted professionals, to provide a joined-up international legal service.

We are also an experienced, safe pair of hands in the event of cross-border disputes.

Uncertain legal systems, cultural differences local bureaucracy – these often make a cross-border transactions look unattractive. Our experience and business model make it cost effective to consult with us at an early stage, enabling us to provide the guidance, reassurance and trusted counsel necessary to support your trade or investment aims from the outset.

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Our services include:

  • Support to establish and do business in the UK
  • Global corporate transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial contracts, including agency, distribution, franchising, outsourcing, construction, sales and purchases, licensing and technology.
  • Cross-border dispute resolution
  • Multilateral and regional trade negotiation and agreements
  • International trade compliance
  • Commercial exploitation of intellectual property
  • Tax and incentives (corporate and personal)
  • Employment law
  • General Counsel services
  • Independent third-party advice for joint ventures
  • Advice to individuals and family offices investing in the UK, including Shari'a compliance
  • Property and built environment advice

Recent work

Post Brexit Contractual Issues

Advised a Finnish law firm on post-Brexit contractual issues where the parties were based in two different countries and there was no chosen law, and issues relating to the service out of the jurisdiction of English proceedings and enforcement of English Court judgements.

Cross-Border Acquisitions

Acted on numerous cross-border acquisitions for clients throughout Europe and in Australia

International Arbitration Dispute

Acted for a Middle Eastern offshore contractor under American management, in relation to an international arbitration dispute heard at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Our client claimed substantial damages resulting from breach of contract by an oil company, including the installation of sub-sea pipelines and platform work in the Caspian Sea.

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