The Butzel International Business Practice Department has extensive experience advising multinational and domestic companies on cross-border transactions. Our clients are active across myriad industries, including automotive, computer and technology, consulting, financial services, freight forwarding, manufacturing, media, research and development, and sales and marketing.

We have counseled domestic clients in establishing or expanding their global presence into Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Central Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, and Western Europe. We have also helped foreign entities enter the United States market.

Butzel is proud to be a founding member of Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms located in more than 125 countries around the world. Lex Mundi provides us with immediate and cost-efficient access to legal information and resources throughout the world and helps us to keep on top of legal developments that affect our clients on a national and international scale.

Our clients know Butzel is the firm they can trust when it comes to international business matters. The experienced attorneys that comprise this Practice Department can assist in structuring joint ventures, creating business entities, establishing and monitoring distribution, and drafting commercial agency and licensing agreements. We also advise on government licensing and regulation, immigration, employment, intellectual property, taxation, and other commercial and legal issues relating to all business activities.


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  • Counsel for formation of Mexican joint venture
  • Asset acquisition for publicly traded foreign-based corporation
  • Commercial counsel for automotive companies
  • Represented Greek Government interests in variety of matters involving public and private international law
  • Represented Greek Government interests in variety of matters involving public and private international law
  • Represented U.S and German subsidiaries of Japan-based manufacturing company in acquisition of aerospace and defense company from subsidiaries of U.K.-based manufacturer, which included CFIUS and ITAR filings
  • Negotiations of series of sales representative agreements with multi-national entities
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