International Services

We help Michigan companies expand and operate around the globe, no matter where their business takes them. And we represent foreign companies looking to enter the U.S. market.

Our attorneys are fluent in more than a dozen languages and travel abroad regularly to advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and subsidiaries, importing and exporting, foreign labor laws, intellectual property protection, licensing issues, international banking and tax, and related matters.

Included in our International Services Group are the following specialty areas:

Additionally, Warner is a member of TerraLex, an international network of leading independent law firms serving the global business interests of clients. One of our attorneys is immediate past chair of TerraLex, which has more than 14,000 attorneys from 160 law firms in nearly 100 countries around the world.

Here are several examples of our experience in international matters:

  • Advised public U.S. company acquiring global medical technology and manufacturing and distribution business in Tokyo, Japan
  • Established subsidiaries in China, India, Hong Kong and Vietnam for numerous Michigan companies
  • Advised Michigan companies entering the U.K. and French markets to sell medical devices
  • Successful defense of a $1 billion claim against a Bermuda corporation
  • Created, maintain and update a standard distribution agreement for a public company client that sells goods in more than 180 countries
  • Negotiated successful resolutions for Japanese companies enmeshed in disputes related to a most-favored-customer clause and termination of a license agreement with U.S. companies
  • Achieved favorable settlement concerning Canadian company's breach of distribution agreement in matter before the AAA's International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiated access agreement with insolvent Canadian equipment manufacturer designed to avert what would have been a disastrous delay in the delivery of custom robotic equipment
  • Represented a European company engaged in a dispute with its former Southeast Asian distributor in the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France
  • Successfully settled multimillion-dollar suit arising out of a Chinese joint venture
  • Favorably settled contract dispute with German supplier while incurring minimal expense in a facilitated mediation
  • Negotiated with English company that had sold fuel pump manufacturing business to client for substantial financial contribution to post-sale product recall costs
  • Recovered million-dollar judgment in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration arising out of acquisition of French corporation
  • Achieved favorable mediated settlement concerning sale of business to French company in matter before the AAA's International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Successfully settled terminated Japanese distributor's multimillion-dollar dispute
  • Secured judgment, with local assistance, from Saudi Arabian tribunal of Imams on behalf of U.S. international client involving termination of distributor agreement
  • Representing German-owned U.S. company in arbitration with a Canadian company that began with a forum fight between a Canadian court and two U.S. courts
  • Reached favorable settlement of a $750 million supply contract dispute between German and Japanese corporations

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