International

Jackson Walker’s Global Reach

Jackson Walker acts for clients engaged in a broad range of transnational activities and provides a full range of corporate, financial, and tax planning advice. Foreign and U.S. clients call upon Jackson Walker to assist in their penetration and development of markets, to provide advice, negotiation skills and connections, and to play a major role in dispute resolution through counseling, litigation, mediation, or arbitration. Jackson Walker has an established network of correspondent law firms and is a founding member of Globalaw™, a network of independent law firms located in more than 65 countries.

Jackson Walker’s international energy practice covers advocacy, negotiations and documentation involving exploration and production projects, pipeline projects, development of gathering and processing plants and other midstream assets, development of gas storage facilities, development of gas fired and thermal electric power plants, evaluation of gas and electric utility transmission and distribution systems, development of LNG plants and extensive matters relating to transportation of LNG, development of petrochemical plants, and financing and operational matters.

The firm’s attorneys handle on a daily basis transactions involving Mexican companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies investing in or trading with Mexico, and Jackson Walker’s Litigation Section handles the resolution of disputes arising from transnational transactions involving Mexico.

Membership in Globalaw

Globalaw™, The International Law Group, is a worldwide network of independent law firms, comprising firms representing over 65 jurisdictions. Through Globalaw and the other relationships established by Jackson Walker with attorneys throughout the world, Jackson Walker attorneys have access to local attorneys in foreign jurisdictions with the skills and connections essential for our clients’ development of their foreign businesses.

Jackson Walker is a founding member of Globalaw™ and its attorneys are regular participants in the national and international meetings of the network and its practice groups. Active involvement in the network has allowed the firm’s attorneys to establish close relationships that enable Jackson Walker to provide effective foreign counsel for U.S. clients doing transnational business.

All of the Globalaw™ firms share common characteristics. Most are of medium size, as defined by their various jurisdictions, with the ability to devote personal attention to their clients. Many are active in the International Bar Association. All have broadly based commercial, corporate, and business practices. All have litigation capabilities and transnational as well as domestic practices.

While Globalaw™ is an informal network of independent, self-governing firms, it remains an invaluable forum through which Jackson Walker attorneys have access to international information, developments, and foreign counsel to enable us to work with the firm’s clients to provide legal advice and access to business particularities in foreign jurisdictions.

The firm’s practice representing U.S. based investors and businesses in their efforts to reach global markets includes:

  • Access to foreign markets through agency, distributor, franchise and joint venture agreements;
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting mergers, acquisitions of companies and assets, and strategic alliances;
  • Establishment of foreign operations, including organization of foreign entities, movement of U.S. personnel to foreign countries, and related labor, benefits and tax issues;
  • Litigation, mediation, and arbitration;
  • Protection of intellectual property abroad and the licensing of technology and intellectual property;
  • Letters of credit and other financing of equity and debt requirements; and
  • Handling international tax issues and disputes with taxing authorities.

For foreign entities and other foreign persons, Jackson Walker attorneys act in the United States to do the following:

  • Defend clients sued or involved in arbitration in the United States or pursue remedies for foreign entities or individuals in United States in State and Federal courts and through arbitration;
  • Advise upon and implement the issuance of shares and ADRs or other equity by foreign issuers in the United States securities markets, both public and private;
  • Prosecute patent, trademark, and copyright matters, including licensing of technology;
  • Advise upon domestic and foreign tax matters, including tax treaty problems and direct and indirect foreign tax credit matters, and provide counseling for general tax and business planning;
  • Structure, negotiate and document acquisitions and dispositions of companies (public and private) and assets to achieve clients’ tax, legal, and business strategies;
  • Structure sales and/or leasing transactions, with a particular emphasis on representation, distribution, licensing, franchising, and financing agreements;
  • Negotiate and document joint venture agreements and strategic alliances;
  • Advise upon trade matters;
  • Counsel clients regarding compliance with treaties and regulations;
  • Provide advice and processing regarding visa, immigration, and naturalization matters;
  • Counsel clients on U.S. estate planning, working with their local advisors, and prepare wills and trusts to implement the plans; and
  • Select and establish appropriate investment structures to achieve client goals.

Lawdragon X Next Generation 2024 - Edwin Buffmire, Art Cavazos, Amanda Crouch, Brian Oates, Manny Schoenhuber, Bethany Pickett Shah, and Ashley Withers

June 28, 2024
Attorney News

Seven Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to Lawdragon’s List of 500 Next-Generation Lawyers

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of Edwin Buffmire, Art Cavazos, Amanda Crouch, Brian Oates, Manny Schoenhuber, Bethany Pickett Shah, and Ashley Withers to the “Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation” list for 2024.

2024 Chambers Ranking in Texas for Business Immigration & Compliance practice

June 6, 2024
Spotlight

Business Immigration & Compliance Partners Kelly Cobb and Sang Shin Recognized in Chambers USA Guide

Jackson Walker proudly announces the first-time ranking of the Business Immigration & Compliance practice in the Chambers USA Guide for 2024. In addition, Kelly Cobb and Sang Shin were recognized among the top attorneys in Texas in this area.

Kelly Cobb

January 25, 2024
Podcasts

Requirements for H1B Visa Renewal Pilot Program

JW Fast Takes Podcast | ~5 minutes

Kelly Cobb joins host Courtney White to discuss the newly established H1B Visa renewal pilot program by the U.S. Department of State. Kelly provides insights into the program, which aims to streamline the visa renewal process.

January 24, 2024
Podcast: Future-Ready Business

You’re Already Living in the Space Economy

The concept of a space economy often conjures up images of distant, sci-fi futures, but in reality, it’s a present and rapidly evolving aspect of our daily lives. On this episode of Future Ready Business, co-hosts Art Cavazos and Will Nilson talk with Space Lawyer Bailey Reichelt about her work and how space law isn’t just about international treaties and policies, but also about their practical, day-to-day application.

USA Business Digest newsletter image

January 18, 2024
Newsletters

USA Business Digest: January 2024

The USA Business Digest is a newsletter covering legal insights for European companies and investors in the United States.

This month, we will take a closer look at (1) the reporting requirements under the Corporate Transparency Act; (2) the final rule on employee or independent contractor classification under the FLSA; (3) the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ broadened focus on threats and enforcement; and (4) the status of the Global Arrangement on Steel and Aluminum.

By Manny Schoenhuber

Manny Schoenhuber

January 17, 2024
Attorney News

Manny Schoenhuber Appointed to European American Chamber of Commerce Texas Executive Committee

Jackson Walker proudly announces the appointment of Houston attorney Manny Schoenhuber as the Vice President of the Executive Committee of the European American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) Texas Board.

Breaking Borders October 2023 webinar

December 12, 2023
Webinars

Manny Schoenhuber’s to Present 2023 Trends and 2024 Forecast in Final “Breaking Borders” Webinar

On Tuesday, December 12, Manny Schoenhuber (Jackson Walker) and Darcie Murray (MU) will present the final installment of the “Breaking Borders” series exploring the ins and outs of the U.S. business landscape for European companies and investors looking to expand into the U.S. market.

Breaking Borders October 2023 webinar

October 19, 2023
Webinars

Manny Schoenhuber’s “Breaking Borders” Series Continues With Discussion on the Inflation Reduction Act

Manny Schoenhuber (Jackson Walker) and Darcie Murray (MU) will be joined by Lauren Edson (Rödl & Partner) on Thursday, October 19 for the second webinar in the “Breaking Borders” series exploring the ins and outs of the U.S. business landscape for European companies and investors looking to expand into the U.S. market.

September 29, 2023
Insights

Government Shutdowns and Immigration Processes: What to Expect

By Yenmi Tang

If Congress does not pass appropriations legislation or a stopgap spending bill by September 30, 2023, the federal government will experience a shutdown on October 1, 2023. A federal government shutdown will disrupt certain U.S. immigration processes and visa programs, but not all of them. Immigration agencies that rely on appropriations from the federal government will shut down, while fee-funded agencies will continue to operate.

September 27, 2023
Insights

Employers Navigate Post-Pandemic Compliance and Regulatory Changes in a Shifting Immigration Landscape I Texas Lawyer

By Kelly D. Cobb

Now more than ever, it is vital that businesses review their internal immigration policies and processes, internal audit procedures, and training.

More International News