Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

International Transactions

Succeeding in international markets has become an integral part of the business strategies of both emerging and established companies. With an office in Beijing, China, as well as close relationships with law firms in Brazil, Canada and the UK, Morris, Manning & Martin’s Cross-Border Practice helps U.S. and foreign concerns successfully expand and develop their products and services into new markets around the world.

Comprehensive Approach

We can quickly assemble a team to handle almost any issue or transaction you’re facing anywhere in the world. We regularly assist our U.S. clients in establishing international joint ventures, minimizing worldwide taxation, complying with export control regulations and selling divisions or entire companies to non-U.S. acquirers. Similarly, we assist our non-U.S. clients in establishing operations in the U.S. and in taking advantage of the U.S. capital markets. By viewing our clients’ legal needs as part of their comprehensive business strategies rather than a collection of discrete issues, we help our clients reduce the risks and costs of an international operation.

Enabling Transactions

At Morris, Manning & Martin, we combine our international business knowledge and experience with legal acumen to guide clients to success in the global economy. We regularly offer counsel on international joint ventures, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, establishing international operations, international tax planning, international intellectual property licensing and distribution, worldwide protection of intellectual property rights, and inbound and outbound investments.

Cross-border Expertise

For U.S. companies expanding overseas, multinational corporations involved in complex cross-border acquisitions and non-U.S. companies seeking to tap into the potential of the U.S. markets, our lawyers provide comprehensive, integrated solutions for achieving their international expansion and capital-raising goals. With a worldwide legal view and global marketplace connections, we offer comprehensive counseling excellence to international clients.

 

Key Services: 

  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border securities offerings
  • Multijurisdictional debt financings and refinancings
  • Organization and establishment of U.S. operating subsidiaries and branch offices for non-U.S. entities
  • Global technology transactions (including outsourcing, licensing, reseller and distribution agreements)
  • International trade regulations
  • Multinational tax strategies
  • International fund formation
  • Cross-border intellectual property rights protection (contested and uncontested)
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Areas of Expertise

Asia

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Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is a leading full-service law firm, broadly experienced in providing exceptional legal services on a national and international basis. Our success hinges on our ability to help clients consistently exceed their legal and business objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner. We recognize that our clients’ success is the only meaningful measure of our success.

Our Asia Practice lawyers and professionals are focused on assisting Asia-based clients with their legal needs in the U.S. courts, board rooms and markets. Our lawyers will help you:

  • Identify growth opportunities
  • Connect deals with capital
  • Develop effective IP strategies
  • Protect your patent rights
  • Establish favorable tax structures
  • Negotiate regulatory and compliance issues
  • Navigate trade disputes

Key Services:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • IP – Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Trade

India

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Morris, Manning & Martin is a leading full-service law firm, broadly experienced in providing exceptional legal services on a national and international basis. Our success hinges on our ability to help clients consistently meet their legal and business objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner. We recognize that our clients’ success is the only meaningful measure of our success.

MMM’s India Initiative is two-fold: to assist our U.S. clients who are looking for Indian connections and business alliances, and to assist Indian companies currently operating or interested in opening operations in the U.S.

Key Services:

  • Introducing Indian companies to prospective U.S. customers, clients and/or strategic partners
  • Connecting Indian companies, VCs and PEGs with U.S. technology companies and entrepreneurs
  • Providing our Virtual Office for Indian companies entering the U.S. to address legal and business issues

International Tax

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International Tax Practice at Morris, Manning & Martin focuses on advising clients about the U.S. tax issues associated with the formation, operation, acquisition and sale of U.S. and multinational businesses. The International Tax Practice works as a team with other practices and without clients to implement tax-efficient operating structures and business transactions in a global environment.

What We Can Do

The Practice’s International Tax lawyers provide comprehensive U.S. tax advice for U.S. companies expanding and operating overseas, including analyzing U.S. tax consequences associated with cross-border licensing, sale of intellectual property, implementing international operating structures negotiating and structuring international joint ventures, and providing advice related to the taxation of U.S. citizens working abroad. The practice regularly assists international companies with U.S. tax planning related to expansion or operations within the U.S., whether through licensing or sales, operation of a U.S. subsidiary company, or the acquisition of U.S. companies or U.S. real estate. The practice frequently provides advice regarding tax-efficient methods for the use of international tax treaties to minimize worldwide taxation, strategies for the repatriation of profits either to or from the U.S. and general assistance with all U.S. federal and state tax matters. Finally, the practice’s International Tax lawyers also provide U.S. tax planning for offshore trusts and international hedge funds.

 

South America

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Anticipating the needs of our clients now and in the years to come, Morris, Manning & Martin formed a strategic alliance with Brazil-based Fleury Malheiros, Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados (FGCN) to serve clients in both North and South America, as well as globally. From FGCN’s headquarters in São Paulo, MMM has a central vantage point to easily access all of the growing economies in South America from the area’s primary engine.

Facilitating Cross-Border Transactions

MMM and FGCN assist South American companies entering the U.S. market and U.S. companies entering South America, filling multiple roles for both types of companies. We ensure that their real estate needs are secured under optimal terms. We ensure they are compliant with national and local laws. We ensure their intellectual property rights are properly protected in both countries. In addition, the connections that our firms bring to the table in a transaction ensure that our clients will have access to the resources that they need to succeed when expanding their operations in these countries, with the added benefit of knowing the local cultures and languages.

Perhaps the largest benefit of our alliance is the deep connections we offer companies trying to enter either market. Our firms have built long-standing relationships with clients and governmental entities throughout our respective countries. For instance, MMM represents clients in 39 of the 50 U.S. states and four of the ten Canadian provinces, offering substantial resources around North America. The extensive experience enjoyed by the members of FGCN makes it a reference-firm in South America, where it operates in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and in the most important cities throughout the region.

Global Resources

We have entered the age of a true global economy. Our firms are committed to ensuring we are at the forefront of strategies for growth for our clients. In addition to MMM’s offices in Beijing, China, and Taipei, Taiwan, and FGCN’s multiple South American locations, the firms maintain close relationships with law firms around the world as members of two global law firm networks, Lawyers Associated Worldwide and World Services Group. These resources enable us to act quickly to take advantage of opportunities for our clients in any country in the world and also keeps us ahead of market trends with first-hand knowledge from our contacts and clients who do business in each country.

Key Services:

  • Capital markets/securities
  • Corporate governance
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • Environmental issues
  • Green business
  • Intellectual property
  • Natural resources
  • Oil & gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Real estate investments
  • Regulatory issues
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Timberland investments & forest products
  • Trade disputes