Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (SFMS) represents companies and other business entities based in the United States and overseas in a variety of international business and trade matters. The firm's attorneys have assisted our foreign and U.S. clients in all facets of business law and trade, including:
- Organizing foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures
- Mergers, acquisitions and re-capitalizations
- Manufacturing agreements
- Sales, leasing and supply agreements
- International distribution of goods and services
- Cross-border technology licensing and licensing agreements
- Registration of U.S. and foreign trademarks, copyrights and patents
- Privacy and data protection
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance
SFMS attorneys also assist our clients in addressing immigration matters, international estate planning and real estate acquisition issues to the extent that those needs arise. In addition, the firm regularly represents a number of clients based overseas in arbitration, mediation, other ADR proceedings and litigation matters.
Building Business Partnerships And Opening International Markets
SFMS's international business and trade practice works with local counsel in many countries to help clients understand and manage risks posed by different legal systems. As an active member of Integrated Advisory Group International — a consortium of independent law, fiduciary trust and accounting firms in Asia, Canada, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States — SFMS is able to effectively meet the needs of its clients on a global basis. As part of its growing international practice, SFMS encourages its more junior lawyers to actively participate in the International Association of Young Lawyers. We believe that by building and maintaining professional relationships throughout the globe, SFMS is able to provide a service level in international matters that is rarely matched by other boutique firms.
We have attorneys fluent or proficient in Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian and Spanish, and many have spent substantial time working outside the United States. We are experienced working internationally and counsel our clients on the cultural and legal norms of doing business in various foreign jurisdictions. We also help our clients to achieve their goals with our team approach and a thorough understanding of their international business needs.
The SFMS legal team has experience in many areas throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Yemen.