International

Troutman Sanders' International Practice Group provides a broad range of comprehensive legal services to corporate, financial, industrial and governmental clients. Clients include both U.S. and non-U.S. companies and individuals pursuing opportunities arising from cross-border trade and investment flows. Group attorneys are skilled and experienced in international trade, infrastructure development, finance, taxation, investment, environmental, regulatory, intellectual property, real estate matters, dispute resolution and more. From this broad pool of talent, the group offers a multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals designed to efficiently serve each clients' specific needs.

The International Practice Group is committed to adding value to every transaction for which it is engaged by drawing upon extensive legal and cultural experience garnered from working with individuals and businesses in over 70 countries around the world. The group's mission is to help clients achieve their international business goals, while working within different company and country cultures.

Geographic Breadth

Members of the group have developed an intimate knowledge of worldwide legal and cultural patterns, based on hundreds of man days filled with on-the-ground experience in countries and regions around the world. Their familiarity with local legal and cultural systems offers an important advantage because it allows the group to provide legal advice that fully considers the context surrounding a particular transaction. Group members have substantial experience advising clients on the legal aspects of international transactions in, or affected by, the cultures of the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific Rim.

The firm's international presence is supported by the location of offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The Asia offices include attorneys who are native in their respective countries and regions, as well as others who have traveled and worked extensively throughout such regions.

Substantive Depth

Group attorneys possess a wealth of skills and knowledge in both inbound and outbound international transactions. Drawing on the knowledge of attorneys with training in a multitude of disciplines, the group ensures that clients receive comprehensive legal services for their complex legal and business needs.

Outbound Cross-Border Investment

Group attorneys not only speak the languages of the world, but understand the many cultural issues that U.S.-based companies face when investing in non-U.S. markets. Services are available to help existing clients, or to assist new clients seeking experienced, international counsel to supplement the efforts of their existing domestic counsel. Outbound legal services include:

  • Market entry.
  • Structuring of international joint venture arrangements.
  • Design, negotiation, and documentation of international transactions.
  • Creation and protection of global intellectual property rights.
  • Management and oversight of overseas and domestic legal interests.
  • Immigration and visa matters.

Infrastructure Project Development

The group has solid experience in all aspects of developing, financing and managing infrastructure projects, including both the acquisition of existing projects and the development of new projects. This experience extends to all types of industries, including power, telecommunications, oil and gas, transportation, and water. Core competencies include:

  • Preliminary research, including performing due diligence and the preliminary investigation of local laws and regulations, responding to and developing Requests For Proposals, and supporting project development efforts.
  • Creation of bidding, ownership and control arrangements for multi-national deals, including complex joint venture and multi-shareholder arrangements.
  • Global tax planning, tax treaty analysis and tax minimization.
  • Privatization transactions, including capital structure and local government negotiations.
  • Drafting, negotiating and finalizing project documentation, including fuel supply agreements, power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, and operating and maintenance contracts.

Structured Finance

The group's structured finance experience includes advising clients on the negotiation and closing of complex equity and debt transactions, both in the U.S. and abroad. The group has helped clients design and implement non-recourse and structured financings, which have included interim and permanent bank and lease financings, as well as capital markets transactions. Structured finance services include:

  • Designing, negotiating, drafting and closing loan arrangements and security packages, including letters of credit and unsecured, asset-based, single lender and syndicated deals.
  • Designing and implementing a variety of private and public offerings of equity and debt securities in worldwide markets.
  • Managing U.S. and non-U.S. securities laws compliance.
  • Due diligence activities and assessment of project financeability.
  • Lease financing of both infrastructure projects and aircraft facilities.

Please call for more information on the scope of the International Practice Group services, particularly as they relate to your industry. Troutman Sanders is ready, willing and able to help you and your company obtain positive results.

The Group has represented, or is currently representing clients in:

Afghanistan
Albania
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Finland
France
Gaza
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mali
Mexico
Moldova
Namibia
Netherlands
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Senegal
Singapore
Slovenia
Slovakia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Uganda
United Kingdom
U.S. Virgin Islands
Venezuela
Zambia

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Troutman Sanders embraces diversity as a cornerstone of our future. It means, in part, a commitment by all of our attorneys and all other personnel to a shared vision and the establishment of a workplace environment that is fully inclusive. The Firm values diversity in that it enables the Firm both to take full advantage of the knowledge and talents of a multicultural team in order to meet and exceed individual and business goals and client expectations, and to meet the Firm’s obligation to provide the broadest possible range of opportunities to the members of the communities served by the Firm.

Troutman Sanders defines diversity as an environment of inclusion, in which race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, background and social and ethnic group differences are accepted and valued, and all members of the Firm can contribute to their fullest potential to achieve the Firm’s business goals.

Troutman Sanders supports many initiatives that foster an inclusive environment and help all its personnel balance commitments to clients and family:

Domestic Partnership Benefits

Troutman Sanders offers domestic partnership insurance benefits and has a longstanding policy against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Women’s Forum

The Troutman Sanders Women’s Forum is a framework to increase the visibility of our women lawyers and their accomplishments, provide expanded professional and business development opportunities, and provide a supportive environment for the continued recruitment, promotion and retention of women lawyers firm-wide.

Moms' Group

The Moms' Group at Troutman Sanders includes both full and part-time women lawyers with children of all ages and provides the opportunity to discuss issues of common concern among a support network such as part-time employment options with the firm and child-care providers.

Charitable Giving

The firm allocates a significant amount of its annual charitable, diversity, and civic contributions budget toward nonprofit organizations and bar associations with a diverse constituency or whose mission directly influences the issue of diversity.  These organizations include the Latin American Association, National Association of Chinese Americans, Stonewall Bar Association , Georgia Hispanic Chamber,  National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), Equality Virginia,  Stakeholders, Inc., Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), YWCA, HRNEW, The Urban League, and Catalyst, Inc.

Recruiting

Troutman Sanders proactively recruits a diverse team of lawyers by visiting law school campuses and participating in minority job fairs, including the Lavender Law Job Fair, Southeast Minority Job Fair, Mid-Atlantic BLSA Minority Job Fair and Virginia Bar Association Minority Job Fair.  The firm also sponsors a variety of associations that connect minority law students to internships and job opportunities in the legal industry. 

Ongoing efforts to promote and foster an inclusive environment are lead by the Troutman Sanders Diversity Committee. Its primary goals are to implement the firm’s philosophy on diversity, ensure a welcoming workplace for all personnel, and make an impact on the community through charitable giving and pro bono service.

Members of the Diversity Committee are:

Sallie A. Daniel, Chief Diversity Officer
Ronald R. Ross, Chairperson **
Pamela S. Belleman ** 
Robert L. Bourguignon **
Julie L. Burgener **
Albert C. Hwang **
Molly F. James **
Jennifer Mathis **
Joseph M. Parker **
John M. Ramirez **
E. Fitzgerald Veira **
Sonia K. Bain
Sandra L. Brown
Michael D. Hobbs, Jr.
Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.
Prashant K. Khetan
M. Kevin McCusty
George L. Scruggs
Rebecca W. Shanlever
Wendelin W. Silliman
Anthony F. Troy
Jerome Walker
Farah S. Ahmed * 
Meredith N. Baron *
George G. Booker *
Alonso J. Cisneros *
Tameka M. Collier *
Sara H. Doran *
Kaleen Serena Ford *
Becki F. Kieffer *
Adam S. Libove *
Christina M. Lucio *
Nora Garcia Nickel *
Tashwanda C. Pinchback *
S. Kaveh E. Rashidi-Yazd *
Jimmy R. Rock *
Tania S. Sebastian *
Ashante Latanya Smith *
Matt J. Sperling *
Juliet G. Sy * 
Whitney S. Waldenberg *

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