We have devoted special attention to the interests of our U.S. clients doing business outside the United States as well as to protecting the U.S. interests of foreign companies. We regularly represent clients in international joint ventures and have established working relationships with foreign lawyers throughout the world to provide prompt and effective advice to clients contemplating business activities and transactions outside the U.S.

Our Services 

We regularly provide counseling to a substantial number of U.S. and foreign-based clients regarding the structure and terms of contracts for the purchase, sale, and distribution of products and services, including distribution agreements, agency relationships, requirements contracts, technology licenses, manufacturing agreements, and supply contracts. This includes advice with respect to the application of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), creditors' rights, antitrust and trade regulation compliance, international sales conventions, and intellectual property protection. 

We also handle global leasing, design, and construction agreements for U.S. companies, and we coordinate the completion of multinational transactions and agreements throughout the world. 

The practice areas in which we regularly provide counseling, and where the firm has substantial depth of experience and resources, include the following:

•  Mergers and Acquisitions
•  Technology development and strategic joint ventures
•  Immigration and employment
•  Commercial contracting, competition, and maritime law
•  Environmental law
•  Intellectual property protection and licensing
•  Securities law
•  Litigation, arbitration, and mediation
•  Establishment of U.S. operations
•  Leasing, design, and construction

Our Team 

Our lawyers regularly represent clients around the world in connection with cross-border transactions with U.S. companies and with expansion into the U.S. market. Several attorneys at Robinson+Cole are fluent in foreign languages, such as Spanish, German, Swedish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Our lawyers regularly speak with and present to foreign clients and professional groups on topics such as doing business in the United States, engaging U.S. investors, international opportunities, and negotiating with domestic buyers and sellers on cross-border transactions.  

    • Experience
      • Represented a NYSE company in the formation of a NAFTA joint venture with a German chemical company for the development of chemical compounds and biologicals, including structuring licensing arrangements for the use, disclosure and practice of technology contributed to and developed by the joint venture and its members.
      • Represented a NYSE company in all intellectual property aspects of the sale of its global textile colors business and European industrial colors business to U.K. public company, including numerous licensing arrangements.

      • Represented a major electric heating appliance manufacturer in connection with issues relating to its North American restructuring of United States- and Canadian-based affiliates.
      • Represented a large Canadian manufacturing company in connection with the listing of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the related registration of the company’s common stock on Form 20-F under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
      • Represented a bottled water manufacturer in connection with the registration with the SEC of U.S. $100 million 11½% senior subordinated notes due 2007 and the guarantees on a subordinated basis by its subsidiaries, which notes and guarantees were exchanged for a like principal amount of notes and guarantees sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers through BT Alex.Brown and NatWest Capital Markets Limited, and in connection with its periodic reporting obligations with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

      • Represented publicly traded European conglomerate in connection with office leasing in 26 countries and many states.
      • U.S. representation for leading aerospace company in production joint venture.
      • Representation of Dutch company in the food and beverage business in connection with the purchase of a majority interest in a U.S.-based beverage company.
      • Representation of the U.S. subsidiary of a Scandinavian steel manufacturer in a technology joint venture with a $1 billion-plus agricultural equipment company.

      • U.S. counsel for global oil trading subsidiary of German holding company.
      • Representation of U.S. subsidiary of Australian company specializing in building products technology for civil construction and building development.

      • Representation of U.K.-based software company in connection with its acquisition by merger of a Massachusetts-based software development company.

      • Ongoing representation of a Canadian national bank, acting as U.S. counsel in connection with loan transactions in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Transaction jurisdictions include Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Belize, Jamaica, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

      • Regularly counsel international clients on U.S. matters relating to cross-border structuring, operations, finance, and acquisitions, with a particular focus on Canada-U.S. cross-border issues.

      • Represented a publicly traded paperboard company in numerous acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada.

      • Represented a German corporation and its U.S. subsidiary in the acquisition of a substantial share of the total assets of a Midwest developer and manufacturer of electro-mechanical transducers, its first direct move into the North American force measurement sector.

      • Represented a U.K.-based energy company in the acquisition of a company that owns petroleum exploration rights in Asia. The purchase price exceeded $100 million.

      • Served as U.S. counsel for a U.K. company in marketing the software platform of online educational learning to the U.S. market.

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    • News
      • January 30, 2024

        Bill Egan Contributes to Mills & Reeve Article Covering Section 1782 Orders and Requests

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      • September 14, 2023

        Bill Egan Comments on Impact of Arbitrator Bias Confusion in Law360

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      • July 12, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Author Business Structure Chapter of SelectUSA’s 2022 Investor Guide

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      • June 19, 2020

        Anna Wang, Jeff White, Mike Wirvin, and Michael Kearney Author Business Structure Chapter of SelectUSA’s Investor Guide

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      • January 7, 2019

        Mike Wirvin Contributes to Mills & Reeve Article on “Trade Wars and the Automobile”

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      • January 22, 2018

        Kathy Porter and Mike Wirvin Contribute to Mills & Reeve Study on International Opportunities for Middle Market Companies

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      • September 15, 2016

        Jeff White Presents at ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting Regarding Manufacturing Issues

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      • April 22, 2016

        Kathleen Porter Presents on International Panel at ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

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      • July 11, 2014

        Bill Sellay Participates in Transatlantic Business Forum

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      • June 6, 2012

        Intellectual Property and Technology Partner Discusses Exporting Medical Devices to Europe at Yale

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      • May 4, 2012

        Business Weekly Reports on William Sellay’s Presentation at Transatlantic Business Forum at Cambridge University

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      • April 11, 2011

        William Sellay Presents at Transatlantic Business Forum at University of Cambridge

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      • June 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Examines Legal Considerations for Foreign Companies Doing Business in the US

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      • June 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney a Featured Speaker at Global Business Summit

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      • March 11, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Speaks at U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Program

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      • February 16, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Addresses Scottish Technology Executives on Doing Business in the United States

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "The Corporate Transparency Act: Understanding the New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements for Companies Doing Business in the United States," co-presented by Kiernan L. Ignacio and Kathleen M. Porter, R+C-hosted webinar (2/8/2024)

      "Section 1782 discovery applications: obtaining US-based evidence for litigation outside the US," authored by William J. Egan, contributor to article published by Mills & Reeve LLP (1/25/2024)
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      "Clearing the Hurdles in International Discovery with Ben Daniels," presented by Benjamin M. Daniels, an Emerging Litigation podcast (7/26/2023)
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      "How to Structure Your Business in the U.S.," presented by Kathleen M. Porter, moderator as part of the 2023 SelectUSA Investment Summit (5/1/2023)
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      "Business Structure," co-authored by Michael J. Kearney Jr., J. Michael Wirvin, Jeffrey J. White and Jinhua (Anna) Wang, published in SelectUSA’s 2022 Investor Guide (June 2022)
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      "ISDS As a Means of Addressing Challenges for the BRI in Central Asia," authored by Tiange (Tim) Chen, published on the Kluwer Arbitration Blog (7/5/2019)
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      "Global Growth Without Friction," co-presented by Jeffrey J. White and Edward J. Heath, for executives at mid-market companies at the Chief Executives Group’s 2019 Smart Manufacturing Summit in Dallas Texas (5/14-15/2019)

      "Taking your Technology to America – How to do it Right," presented by William T. Sellay, presented at Transatlantic Business Forum in Cambridge, England (6/24/2014)

      "How to Export Your Medical Device to Europe," at "Europe: Your Gateway to Trade Opportunities” at Yale University, presented by Kathleen M. Porter, panelist (5/7/2012)

      "Doing Business in the U.S.," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, presented by William T. Sellay (3/8/2012)

      "Legal Aspects of Successful U.S. Launch and Beyond," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, presented by William T. Sellay (3/10/2011)

      presented by William T. Sellay, Speaker on a program entitled "A Symposium on Doing Business in China," sponsored by J.P. Morgan/Chase (9/2005)

      authored by William T. Sellay, Interviewed and quoted for a feature article on doing business in the U.S. in Director magazine, a monthly publication for business leaders in the UK, published by the Institute of Directors (8/2005)

      e-counsel: The Executive's Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce, authored by William T. Sellay, coeditors Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Brian Moran, William Sellay, and Kathleen Porter (2000)

      "Doing Business in China," at U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (12/2004), presented by William T. Sellay

      "China: Commercial Law," at National Association of Credit Managers (6/2003), presented by William T. Sellay

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