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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Four Considerations Before Taking Your Business International

As the world grows smaller, more and more U.S. businesses consider expanding their stateside operation to overseas markets. Business owners thinking about going global should consider the: 1) Cultural, 2) Legal, 3) Governmental, and 4) Business implications of expanding internationally. 

1.) Cultural considerations include language barriers, time zone differences, religious or lifestyle differences, market/product placement, and whether there is a need or desire for your product in a foreign market. Being a truly international law firm, BridgehouseLaw is uniquely qualified to assist your business in preparing for any international expansion.

2.) Legal implications of operating in a foreign country are complex and time consuming. Different labor and employment laws, export/import requirements, taxes, and liability are all aspects of expansion that must be addressed. The international attorneys at BridgehouseLaw can provide accurate and timely advice on international corporate law.

3.) Governmental considerations include the stability of the local government, the currency exchange rate, local infrastructure, and governmental assistance programs for businesses. BridgehouseLaw’s attorneys have the unique advantage of having worked with foreign governments and have built working relationships with many foreign governments.

4.) The business implications of global expansion require business to perform comprehensive market studies, financial feasibility studies, and potential partnership research to ensure that the business thrives in a global market. 

If you feel that your business is ready for expansion beyond the U.S., please contact BridgehouseLaw LLP at or +1 (980) 219-5200. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ambassador John C. KORNBLUM
(U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001)
will attend the 6th Annual AmCham BridgehouseLaw Business Day as Special Guest and Speaker on February 26, 2015.
John Kornblum is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. and has a long record of service in the United States and Europe both as diplomat and businessman. He is recognized as one of the most eminent American experts on European-American political and economic relations, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001. Before that he occupied a number of high-level diplomatic posts including Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, special envoy for the Dayton Peace Process, Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), deputy U.S. Ambassador to NATO and U.S. Minister and Deputy Commandant of Forces in divided Berlin. From 2001-2008, he was chairman of Lazard Frères Germany. He currently serves as Senior Counselor to the international law firm Noerr LLP and has served on a number of supervisory and advisory boards, including Thyssen-Krupp Technologies AG, Bayer AG, Russell Reynolds, and Motorola Europe. He is a board member of the American Academy in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and of numerous non-profit organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.