The “Going Global with Bryan Cave” webinar series discusses the expansion of U.S.-based multinationals in a changing legal environment and issues that arise when moving goods, people or services across borders.
Los Angeles Partner, International Trade Practice Co-Leader and Asia Coordinator Nicole Simonian, whose practice focuses on cross-border transactions with an emphasis on global mobility, leads the “Going Global with Bryan Cave” series. Her background in corporate, trade and international employment law shaped the series’ focus on the legal and regulatory aspects of global expansion.
International Employment 101
The series’ first webinar, presented March 10, 2015, addressed the ways in which a company becomes a global employer and related compliance in multiple jurisdictions. Atlanta Partner Marilyn Fish, Simonian, and Los Angeles Associate Jackson Pai examined how U.S. laws apply to a global workforce and best practices for managing such structures.
Examining Trade and Regulatory Issues When Moving Goods and People Across Borders
The series’ second installment, presented June 24, 2015, highlighted the crucial trade, investment, and regulatory issues impacting the outbound operations of U.S. multinationals. International Trade Practice Leader and Los Angeles Partner Evan Chuck, Singapore Managing Partner David Stepp, and DC Counsel Clif Burns shared key insights and best practices in the areas of customs, export control, foreign direct investment, and basic compliance with regulatory laws.
Navigating the Complexities of Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
In the series’ third installment, presented Jan. 28, 2016, a global team of Bryan Cave attorneys examined the distinctions of cross-border M&A transactions. Paris Managing Partner Fred Bartelsmeyer, Paris Partner Rémy Blain, St. Louis Partner John Welge, and Shanghai Managing Principal Zhongdong Zhang addressed key areas for negotiation, such as warranties and indemnities, limits to seller indemnities, purchase price mechanisms, and choice of law. In addition, the presenters explored the cultural perspectives on these structures and their use in various jurisdictions across the U.S., Asia and Europe. Particular emphasis was given to factors critical to the U.S. party negotiating these issues.
Tax Considerations, Planning Opportunities & Traps with Global Employees
On March 9, 2016, New York Senior Tax Consultant Alan Appel, Simonian, and St. Louis Partner Philip Wright presented on tax issues related to the presence of employees in multiple jurisdictions and the appropriate arrangement by the global employer and the relevant service recipient. The series’ fourth installment delved into the potential creation of a permanent establishment by a global employer, related withholding issues, and reporting tax compliance considerations.
Navigating Asia Today: Unlocking Opportunities and Understanding Risks for Global Businesses
In the series’ fifth installment, presented Nov. 29, 2017, Burns, Stepp and Simonian discussed how U.S. multinationals can take advantage of tremendous opportunities and overcome challenges in the constantly changing economies of Asia. Specific presentation topics included changes in Chinese currency restrictions, export laws, cybersecurity regulations impacting e-commerce and cloud-based businesses, and the current administration’s trade agenda, which together are dramatically shaping business relations between the U.S. and the Far East.
Avoiding the Inadvertent Franchise in U.S. and International Expansion
In the series’ sixth installment, presented on March 6, 2018, Los Angeles Partners Ken Costello and Jon Solish addressed how to mitigate the risks associated with international franchising. Companies expanding across borders may unknowingly be considered a franchisor under dozens of statutes worldwide and be surprised by the regulations and restrictions with which they must comply. Key topics included how to determine what constitutes a franchise under applicable country law, best practices for structuring agreements, and tips for managing ancillary issues and avoiding litigation.