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The world is flat. At least as far as international business is concerned. Regardless of geography, time zone and language constraints, lawyers need to be truly global—working with clients wherever they’re doing business.

Our approach

Our International attorneys serve in the major international markets, including Europe, Latin America and Asia, providing domestic and overseas clients with counsel informed on a wide range of cross-border transactions and trade matters.

We deliver the solution, no matter where, when or in which currency.

We work from our global offices and with a network of local counsel in countries across the globe to assure prompt, effective service. We also have international initiatives focused on areas where we don’t have offices, such as South Asia, Israel, Africa and Europe.

Lawyers from nearly all of our practice areas have an international component to their work, handling matters for clients across the world, including:

  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • International private clients and wealth management
  • Intellectual property protection (patents, trademarks, copyrights)
  • International loan and syndicated loan agreements
  • Immigration and global employment issues
  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements of all types
  • Securities transactions in numerous global exchanges
  • International project finance and structured finance arrangements
  • International tax and tax planning
  • Creation of foreign branches and subsidiaries
  • International private equity transactions
  • Export issues and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters


terralex_logoSince 1999, Nixon Peabody has been a member of TerraLex®, a selective international network of more than 15,000 lawyers from 155 leading independent law firms located in 100 countries. This membership gives us access to lawyers who have familiarity with local business customs and practices, as well as the right regional connections and depth of jurisdictional knowledge. This membership affords us the opportunity to consult and work with a vast network of legal counsel throughout the world who have been pre-screened by a respected organization.

Decline in Chinese FDI affects industries in US, from tech to real estate to Hollywood

China Daily | July 26, 2019

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman on the outlook for cross-border investment between the United States and China, which is likely to include a reduced focus on high tech but new opportunities in tourism, travel and education.

Attorneys watch cross-border issues

Buffalo Business First | June 10, 2019

In this article, Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ben Dwyer discusses how Canada’s approach to data privacy differs from the United States’, and how that impacts cross-border sharing of consumers’ personal information.

Our companies look toward the States

UnionCamere Informa | April 24, 2019

Chicago Corporate partner Charles Bernardini wrote this article, originally in Italian, discussing the phenomenon of Italian companies setting up assembly and production in the United States, and the economic incentives available to attract them.

Vendere impianti, attrezzature e macchinari in USA: direttamente o tramite la propria filiale statunitense?

Wolters Kluwer’s Fiscalità Commercio Internazionale | February 12, 2019

In this contributed article to Wolters Kluwer’s Italian business publication, Chicago Corporate partners Chuck Bernardini and Frank Emmons discuss state and federal tax, customs and corporate considerations for an Italian manufacturer exporting plants, equipment and machinery to the USA, particularly whether to do so directly or through a U.S. subsidiary.

Trade tensions impacting US-China collaboration in entertainment industry

The Orange County Register | July 26, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article discussing how the fraught relationship between the U.S. and China is altering the business landscape. “There is tension between the United States and China and that’s really affected the size of the deals that are going on,” he said.

Nixon Peabody hires Hong Kong partner from Jack Ma-backed brokerage

Law.com | July 04, 2018

The arrival of partner John Maguire to Nixon Peabody CWL in Hong Kong is mentioned in this article.

Buffalo-area immigration lawyers see range of issues stemming from Washington

Buffalo Business First | May 18, 2018

Providence corporate counsel Courtney New is quoted in this article asking business immigration practitioners about the top issues facing their clients as the federal government has clamped down on U.S. companies attempting to hire foreign workers.

Solar company PEG Africa secures $13.5m funding

Disrupt Africa | October 26, 2017

This article mentions Nixon Peabody for advising West African solar company PEG Africa on a multi-currency syndicated loan to develop solar energy and reliable electricity in the region.

International due diligence in cross-border franchise transactions

Franchise Law Journal | August 31, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Kendal Tyre, public company transactions associate Pierce Han and IP litigation associate Nia Newton authored this article about the due-diligence first steps that franchising systems should take when expanding internationally.

Justice Bus marks 10 Years of providing free legal counsel to California immigrants

NPR’s All Things Considered | August 28, 2017

Our Justice Bus pro bono project in Los Angeles was featured in an audio segment on “All Things Considered.”

Looking ahead to 2017: Bay Area foreign investment and ‘The Trump Effect'

Bisnow | November 22, 2016

San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jinjian Huang and director of global strategies David Kaufman are mentioned in this article about a roundtable held at the firm’s San Francisco office which covered potential effects the Trump presidency may have on Asian investments in the Bay Area.

Persistent Energy Ghana raises $1.5 million to support distribution of solar home systems in Ghana

Tech Moran | October 31, 2016

This story is about Persistent Energy Ghana’s $1.5M debt round financing that will be used as capital to buy solar home systems for low-income households in Ghana. New York City public company transactions partners Dan McAvoy and Richa Naujoks, and Boston global finance partner Frank Hamblett are working on this matter.

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