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International Affairs

Advising multinational companies with cross-border expansion goals

Overview

The world is shrinking and many businesses operate within a global industry that routinely crosses borders. The reality is, what goes on thousands of miles from your coastline affects your business in one way or another. While international expansion and collaboration offers certain opportunities, it also brings new legal and regulatory challenges.

FaegreBD’s international attorneys have a strong command and understanding of the laws and regulations that govern this global marketplace, as well as the local cultures and corporate environments in which they are applied. Our team brings years of experience in a wide range of cross-border disciplines to deliver tailored guidance and creative solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

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Events

Insights

Updates November 2018

U.K. Tackles Cryptoasset Regulation, Releasing Task Force Report That May Guide Other Countries

3 min read  
Updates October 2018

Corporate Trust: English Courts Uphold No-Action Clause, Deliver Helpful Guidance on Responding to a Noteholder Direction

4 min read  
Updates September 2018

A Global Migration Policy for a Post-Brexit U.K.?

8 min read  
Updates September 2018

Visa Options and Immigration Strategies for Colleges and Universities

12 min read  
Updates September 2018

U.S. and European Loan Markets: Comparative Approach to Sanctions Provisions

21 min read  
Updates August 2018

Immigration and Employment Considerations for Startups and New U.S. Businesses

27 min read  
Updates August 2018

Continued Enforcement by USCIS: Recent Memos on Immediate Denials and Possible Deportation for Beneficiaries of Employment-Based Immigration Petitions

5 min read  
Updates August 2018

Litigation Funding: A Possible Return of the Damages-Based Agreement

4 min read  
Updates July 2018

U.K. Employment Law Update, July 2018

4 min read  
Updates July 2018

Effective Management of Non-Performing Loans: Market Impact of the Proposed EU Measures

7 min read  
Updates May 2018

Operation Cryptosweep: International Regulators Take Aim at Cryptocurrency Activities

2 min read  
Updates May 2018

U.K. Supreme Court Asserts Jurisdiction Where Conspiracy Was Hatched in England

4 min read  
Media Mentions May 2018

Paul Luehr Featured on WCCO-TV Regarding GDPR

1 min read  
Media Mentions May 2018

Claire Nilson Discusses Windrush Scandal with The Times

1 min read  
Updates May 2018

Unified Patent Court Inching Closer to Realization

3 min read  
Updates April 2018

Supreme Court Decides Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC

3 min read  
Published Articles March 2018

Brexit and Trump: The Effect on Business Travel

1 min read  
Media Mentions March 2018

Kevin Jones Discusses Commercial Bribery with Compliance Week

1 min read  
Published Articles February 2018

Business Travel in the Trump and Brexit Era: How to Prepare for Policy Changes

1 min read  
Updates January 2018

Pre-Action Disclosure – Moving Beyond the U.K.'s Borders

5 min read  
Updates January 2018

Suing Your Employee? Don't Try This at Home

4 min read  
Published Articles January 2018

What's at Stake in the Latest Landmark EU International Data Privacy Case?

1 min read  
Published Articles December 2017

Free Movement of Persons Within CARICOM

1 min read  
Updates December 2017

USCIS Shifts in Stance for TN Economist Category

3 min read  
Media Mentions December 2017

Alex Denny Discusses Employment Tribunal Claims with The Times

1 min read  
Updates December 2017

U.K./EU Joint Report on Brexit Negotiations: Immigration Aspects

6 min read  
Updates December 2017

U.K. Government's Technical Note: A New Streamlined Process for All EU Applicants Post-Brexit?

5 min read  
Updates December 2017

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules? (December 2017)

4 min read  
Updates November 2017

U.K. Modern Slavery Act Update

5 min read  
Updates November 2017

China Issues Rule on Security Assessment of New Technologies for Online News Services

5 min read  
Updates November 2017

Don't Rely on the Courts to Score at Arbitration

3 min read  
Published Articles November 2017

Punishing a Prankster: Handling Staff Misbehaving on Their Last Day at Work

1 min read  
Updates October 2017

California Employers Must Comply With Additional Obligations to Protect Immigrant Employees

3 min read  
Published Articles October 2017

Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against a Senior Employee

1 min read  
Updates October 2017

China's Changing Environmental Landscape: Lessons Learned From a $45B Compliance Crisis

8 min read  
Updates October 2017

Privacy Progress Report: Key Findings From the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield's First Annual Review

3 min read  
Media Mentions October 2017

Alex Denny Discusses Anti-Harassment Policies with The Times

1 min read  
Updates October 2017

Are You Being Served? Better Follow the Hague Convention

3 min read  
Updates October 2017

What's at Stake in the Latest Landmark EU International Data Privacy Case?

5 min read  
Updates October 2017

Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration Policy Priorities

6 min read  
Updates October 2017

Attention, Employers: ‘Call for Evidence' Provides Opportunity to Influence Post-Brexit Migration Policy

3 min read  
Updates October 2017

China Issues Second Draft of Cross-Border Data Transfer Guidelines

12 min read  
Published Articles September 2017

Employers Must Have a Legal Basis to Monitor Staff Communications

1 min read  
Updates September 2017

European Court of Human Rights Sets New Boundaries on Monitoring Employees in the Workplace

6 min read  
Published Articles September 2017

Five Key Difference Makers: Best Practices in Enhancing the Likelihood of Your International Franchise Success

1 min read  
Updates September 2017

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

4 min read  
Published Articles September 2017

Whistleblower Protection: When Private Turns Public

1 min read  
Updates September 2017

End of Summer Immigration Roundup – DACA, Employment-Based Interviews, H-1B RFEs and More

7 min read  
Updates August 2017

Recent Enforcement Developments and Trends Regarding China's Cybersecurity Law

12 min read  
Published Articles August 2017

Future in Emerging Markets

1 min read  
Updates August 2017

Post-Brexit European Citizens' Rights Are Up for Negotiation

9 min read  
Updates August 2017

What MasterCard's Victory Means for the Future of U.K. Class Actions

4 min read  
Updates July 2017

Draft Regulation Expands Critical Information Infrastructure Definition and Requirements

6 min read  
Published Articles July 2017

The 10 Steps to Prepare You for GDPR

1 min read  
Published Articles July 2017

Launching a Private Equity Fund

1 min read  
Updates July 2017

USCIS Issues New Form I-9, Required of All Employers by September 18

3 min read  
Updates June 2017

Draft Rule Would Require Security Assessment for Internet-Based New Business in China

3 min read  
Updates June 2017

Draft Guidelines Released for Securing Cross-Border Data Transfers Out of China

13 min read  
Updates June 2017

Supreme Court Decides Maslenjak v. United States, No. 16-309.

3 min read  
Updates June 2017

Enforcing Judgments in the U.K. and France After Brexit

7 min read  
Published Articles June 2017

Data Breaches: Preparing for EU General Data Protection

1 min read  
Updates June 2017

Public Comment Period for NAFTA Renegotiation Provides Opportunity for Food & Agriculture Industry

3 min read  
Updates May 2017

New Regulations to Implement Cybersecurity Law of China

5 min read  
Updates May 2017

One Year Out: The EU's General Data Protection Regulation and How U.S. Businesses Can (and Must) Prepare to Comply

3 min read  
Published Articles May 2017

Trump's Executive Order on Highly Skilled Migrants: Does it Affect Your Business?

2 min read  
Updates May 2017

International Disputes Reform: Recent and Proposed Innovations in the U.K.

4 min read  
Updates May 2017

Supreme Court Decides Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.

4 min read  
Updates April 2017

Attorney General Signals Commitment to FCPA Enforcement

2 min read  
Published Articles April 2017

What Companies Trading in France and the UK Should Focus on

2 min read  
Updates April 2017

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

10 min read  
Updates April 2017

New ICC Arbitration Rules Expedite Procedures for Smaller Disputes

3 min read  
Updates April 2017

What's in China's New Cybersecurity Law

6 min read  
Updates March 2017

Countdown to Brexit: How Businesses Can Prepare

6 min read  
Updates March 2017

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules?

3 min read  
Updates March 2017

New Policy Agenda Highlights President Trump's Approach to Global Trade

3 min read  
Updates March 2017

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Starting April 3

8 min read  
Updates March 2017

Travel Ban 2.0: What Businesses Need to Know About the New Executive Order

11 min read  
Updates March 2017

To Go Boldly Beyond the Arbitration Agreement

3 min read  
Updates January 2017

International Trade in the Trump Era

5 min read  
Updates January 2017

President Trump's Immigration Executive Orders: An Overview

4 min read  
Updates December 2016

Food and Drug Administration Attempts to Streamline Review of Imports

2 min read  
Updates December 2016

Foreign Judgments: Solving the Mystery of International Recognition and Enforcement

6 min read  
Published Articles November 2016

Business Immigration and Travel Under a Donald Trump Presidency

1 min read  
Updates November 2016

Employers Required to Use Newly Released Form I-9 Starting January 22, 2017

8 min read  
Updates November 2016

Trump Administration Forecast: Changes to Key Policies Expected

9 min read  
Updates November 2016

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules?

2 min read  
Updates November 2016

Breaking Brexit News: High Court Decision Carries Potentially Historic Implications

2 min read  
Updates November 2016

U.K. to Remain Top in Arbitration Despite Brexit

3 min read  
Updates October 2016

A New Era of China's Foreign Investment Regime

5 min read  
Updates October 2016

USCIS Filing Fee Increases Starting December 23, 2016

3 min read  
Updates October 2016

Loosening of Cuban Sanctions Presents New Opportunities for U.S. Industries

4 min read  
Updates October 2016

Expected Changes to Customs Regulations Will Require Increased Supply Chain Due Diligence by U.S. Importers

3 min read  
Updates September 2016

October 1 Immigration Reminders

6 min read  
Published Articles September 2016

Brexit May Mean Brexit, but Will It Deliver on Immigration Promises?

1 min read  
Media Mentions September 2016

Wendy Yan Quoted in Reuters About Chinese Government's Recent Global Deal Probes

1 min read  
Published Articles August 2016

The Impact of Brexit on Currency

1 min read  
Published Articles August 2016

Across the Pond: The EU-US Privacy Shield

1 min read  
Published Articles August 2016

Considerations for UK Companies Looking to Set Up Shop in the US

1 min read  
Published Articles August 2016

The Post-Brexit Visa Rush: What will the UK's 3.5m Resident EU Nationals do?

1 min read  
Media Mentions August 2016

Bing Wang Quoted in Bloomberg BNA About Workplace Safety in China

1 min read  
Updates August 2016

2016 Business Immigration Updates – Getting Through the Long Days of Summer

6 min read  
Updates July 2016

How to Comply With China's Revised Workplace Safety Requirements

7 min read  
Published Articles July 2016

Defining the New Normal in the Post-Brexit Economy

1 min read  
Media Mentions June 2016

Claire Nilson Quoted in Real Business About How Brexit Could Alter UK Employment Law

1 min read  
Media Mentions June 2016

Claire Nilson Quoted in Growth Business About Brexit and UK Jobs

1 min read  
Updates June 2016

Brexit: What to Expect and How to Prepare for the ‘New Normal'

14 min read  
Published Articles June 2016

Data Protection and Brexit: Where UK Businesses Will Stand With GDPR

1 min read  
Published Articles May 2016

The Implications of TTIP for U.S. and U.K. Business and the Likely Effect of Brexit

1 min read  
Published Articles May 2016

Ted Cominos: Enormous Change in a Short Period of Time

1 min read  
Updates May 2016

New 24-Month F-1 STEM OPT Extension Rule Now Effective; Employers Required to Implement Training Plan for Eligible F-1 STEM OPT Students

15 min read  
Updates April 2016

USCIS Receives 236,000 Cap Subject H-1B Petitions; Lottery Conducted on April 9, 2016

2 min read  
Updates April 2016

H-1B Cap Reached; USCIS to Conduct Random Lottery

2 min read  
Updates March 2016

USCIS Predicts Random Lottery for H-1B Cap and Announces Premium Processing to Start on May 16

3 min read  
Updates March 2016

DHS Tests Known Employer Program for Certain Immigration Petitions

2 min read  
Updates February 2016

Brexit: Implications for Your Business if the U.K. Leaves the European Union

10 min read  
Published Articles February 2016

What to Know About the U.S. Visa Waiver Program Changes

2 min read  
Published Articles February 2016

Monitoring Employee Communications: Recent Ruling No Green Light to Spy on Staff

1 min read  
Updates February 2016

From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield

6 min read  
Updates February 2016

Update to New U.S. Visa Waiver Program Changes

4 min read  
Updates February 2016

New Reporting Obligations Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Is Your Business Ready?

4 min read  
Updates February 2016

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

1 min read  
Updates January 2016

Breaking Immigration News: F-1 OPT STEM Decision Extended Until May 10, 2016; Gives DHS Additional Time to Implement Final Rule

5 min read  
Updates January 2016

U.S. Imposes New Visa Requirements, Removes Eligibility for Visa Waiver Program for Some Travelers

3 min read  
Updates January 2016

Iran Sanctions Lifted? Implementation Day Creates Compliance Minefield

11 min read  
Updates January 2016

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: New Rules From USCIS on H-1B Work Visas, AC21, I-140 Petitions and EADs

10 min read  
Updates January 2016

H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Will Be Accepted by USCIS Beginning April 1; Employers Urged to Start Process Now as Lottery Is Anticipated

8 min read  
Media Mentions November 2015

Businesses Prepare for Cybersecurity Regulations on Both Sides of Atlantic

2 min read  
Updates October 2015

FTC's Safe Harbor for Data Transfers Declared Invalid

7 min read  
Updates August 2015

First U.S.-Cuba Direct Banking Relationship Established

2 min read  
Updates July 2014

EU Court Says Loyalty Discounts Betray Competition: Ruling Underlines U.S. Differences

4 min read  
Updates June 2008

Assessing the Reasonableness of Restrictive Covenants

2 min read  
Updates March 2008

Re-engagement Orders

1 min read  
Updates February 2008

European Commission Moves to Clarify Regulations Regarding Employee Share Schemes

2 min read  
Updates January 2008

Increase in Compensation Limits for 2008

1 min read  
Updates January 2008

Timing of Duty to Consult in a Collective Redundancy Situation

1 min read  
Updates January 2008

TUPE Can Apply to Transfers Outside the United Kingdom

2 min read  
Updates July 2007

European Concerns Over RFID Technology

9 min read  

Brexit

In a 23 June 2016 nationwide referendum, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum was structured as a simple choice between leaving or remaining. Therefore, there are no pre-defined exit routes. The details will need to be worked out in negotiations between the U.K. and the EU over the coming months and years.

On 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May, triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty of European Union by formally notifying the European Council of the U.K.'s intent to withdraw from the EU. Article 50 provides a very short timeframe of two years to negotiate and agree to the terms of separation, an agreement on the future trading relationship between the EU and the U.K., and, potentially, complex transitional arrangements.

The withdrawal will affect U.K.-based businesses, including subsidiaries of U.S. companies, in a number of areas. Trading arrangements, supply chain management, corporate location and labor mobility will all be potentially affected. Businesses should therefore keep up-to-date with the negotiation process.

Insights

Updates September 2018

A Global Migration Policy for a Post-Brexit U.K.?

8 min read  
Updates July 2018

Effective Management of Non-Performing Loans: Market Impact of the Proposed EU Measures

7 min read  
Published Articles March 2018

Brexit and Trump: The Effect on Business Travel

1 min read  
Updates January 2018

Suing Your Employee? Don't Try This at Home

4 min read  
Updates December 2017

U.K./EU Joint Report on Brexit Negotiations: Immigration Aspects

6 min read  
Updates August 2017

Post-Brexit European Citizens' Rights Are Up for Negotiation

9 min read  

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, and is intended to provide greater harmonization within the EU around data privacy and security issues. The GDPR sets new standards in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.

The GDPR impacts businesses regardless of whether they have a corporate presence in the EU or use EU-based assets to protect data. If a business offers goods or services to EU-based customers, or monitors their behavior, for example through data analytics, it will potentially be within the scope of the GDPR.

The extra-territorial reach means that in practice, many businesses operating internationally will need to adopt European data privacy standards. The increased sanctions under the GDPR along with increased awareness and expectations surrounding data privacy make compliance with these laws a major regulatory issue. Potential fines and penalties under the GDPR put data privacy and cybersecurity at the same level as antitrust or anti-bribery and corruption programs on the corporate agenda.
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