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United States

ARNALL GOLDEN GREGORY LLP

Atlanta

Main Office Address

171 17th Street NW

Suite 2100

Atlanta, GA 30363

Other Offices

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Primary Contact Lawyers

Stephen M. Dorvee
Tycho H.E. Stahl

Firm Profile

ARNALL GOLDEN GREGORY LLP

Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG) is an Am Law 200 law firm with offices in Atlanta and Washington, DC.  We offer a comprehensive range of services  divided into five main practice areas:  Corporate and Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Real Estate and Global Commerce.

Our clients represent a broad range of industries from manufacturing (with an emphasis on automotive, renewables supply chains such as solar and wind, aerospace, steel and smelting, passenger and freight rail transport vehicles and systems, oil and gas, cutting edge electrical and electronic equipment, waste handling and waste-to-energy), food, medical equipment, chemicals industries, construction to software and IT, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical products, real estate development and investment, banking and private equity, and professional services.  Our clients range in size from small start-ups to mid-size family-owned and managed enterprises and large multi-national corporations that already have significant overseas business and facilities.  Often, our clients follow their own clients and customers into US markets so their models of market entry are tailored to fit their customers’ needs. We understand the driving factors that help determine the most appropriate market entry model and are accustomed to working with a set market entry timeline, various levels of capital investment and management involvement in the US operation, and the unique goals and legal concerns of each business and its customers, management and shareholders.

Primary practice areas include:

Global Commerce

Our Global Commerce Practice has assisted thousands of foreign companies structure and prosper in their business engagements in the United States. We assist our clients in mitigating risks with an emphasis on lean, efficient and practical structures that allow them to capitalize on the opportunities presented by U.S. markets. We emphasize entering the U.S. with a flexible, practical plan in place, as opposed to reacting piecemeal to the onslaught of issues that arise during market entry and operational projects.  Many of our attorneys and staff are multilingual and themselves immigrants to the U.S. or have lived abroad for substantial periods, so they can personally understand the concerns and perspectives of our overseas clients, regardless of origin.

Often, our clients follow their own clients and customers into U.S. markets so their models of market entry are tailored to their customers’ needs.  Our clients generally choose between a number of modes of market entry: 

            -           organization of a sales, distribution, or support subsidiary, a strategy often driven by customer perception or immigration concerns;

            -           licensing and franchise models that shift most U.S. business activity to U.S. partners;

            -           joint ventures and strategic alliances with local partners;

            -           acquisition of a competitor or partner in the U.S.;

            -           establishment of distribution, assembly or production facilities in the U.S.

The most appropriate market entry model depends on the needs of U.S. customers, who often have set the market entry timeline. Other relevant factors often include the level of capital to be invested and management involvement in the U.S. operation, and the unique goals and legal concerns of each business and its customers, management and shareholders. Many of our clients are family-owned and managed, so avoiding veil-piercing, product liability and similar risks, shielding assets built up often over generations in the home country, planning for intergenerational wealth transfer, maximizing tax efficiency and minimizing legal effort and formalities are of particular concern. 

Regardless of the market entry model chosen, the following types of legal services are often relevant:

 

            -           organization of a U.S. entity, with a view to optimizing tax efficiency, minimizing legal formalities, and isolating liability risks to the U.S. entity insofar as possible;

            -           addressing product liability risks;

            -           drafting various commercial agreements relevant to U.S. market entry including terms and conditions and nomination letters, and sales and distribution, licensing, franchise, supply, acquisition, joint venture, lease, loan and other agreements and contracts relevant to establishing the business

            -           consideration to options for minimizing the level of capital investment required and financial commitments guaranteed by the home country parent;

            -           visa and immigration processing, including E, L, H, J, O and P visa processing, as well as green card processing in all employment-based categories, including in the EB-5 Investor visa category;

            -           trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property protections;

            -           economic development incentives offered by federal, state and local governments and agencies, power suppliers and development authorities, and then helping companies complete projects in the U.S., including emphasis on creative financing based on a combination of property tax reduction, tax credits, grants, low or no interest loans and credit enhancement;

            -           transaction financing in connection with projects, development authorities, commercial and other lenders, bond financing and credit enhancement;

            -           employment matters on a national scale, with extensive experience in representing foreign companies in all aspects of managing their employee relations, including preparing employment offers and contracts, employee handbooks and other core personnel policies, compliance with with various federal, state and local laws governing wages, hours of work, working conditions, employee benefits and prohibitions on discrimination, and defending companies in the face of claims and alleged violations;

            -           responding appropriately but firmly to legal threats and issues when they arise, with the aim of achieving a swift, efficient, practical settlement including, if required, litigation based on an understanding of the differences between foreign and U.S. legal systems regarding dispute resolution and litigation, including cost-effective research of issues, evaluation of legal risks and likely outcomes, navigating U.S. evidence discovery rules, and defending and prosecuting suits in courts and arbitration tribunals across the country;

            -           contractor licensing;

            -           commercial real estate matters involving the acquisition, development and sale of real estate throughout the U.S. and overseas, including management of permitting and environmental matters arising in connection with distribution, assembly and manufacturing facilities, malls and shopping centers, office buildings, warehouse facilities, residential subdivision developments, hotels, golf courses, resorts and other types of real property; and

            -           international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and other major international arbitral tribunals, and the enforcement of such awards under the applicable Conventions. 

AGG supports its legal services with multilingual legal professionals, employing attorneys from Russia, Germany, India and Argentina and attorneys and paralegals fluent in Russian, German, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Mandarin & Cantonese, Ukrainian, Italian, French, Romanian and Yoruba.                          

Corporate & Finance

For more than six decades, AGG has supported our clients’ in-house leadership and capabilities to help anticipate and respond to opportunities and threats, and to comply with ever-growing complex regulatory requirements that businesses must meet. From start-ups to early-public companies to multi-billion dollar public companies, our clients rely on us for expert counsel relating to all aspects of corporate and finance law, including asset acquisitions or dispositions, mergers, stock purchases or sales and other forms of creatively structured deals. We handle transactions ranging from less than $5 million to over $1 billion, whether all the parties to the deal are U.S. entities or whether a cross-border deal is at issue. As a recognized leader in representing middle market companies in M&A transactions, AGG’s attorneys have a nuanced understanding of both the challenges and the hidden opportunities that these deals may offer. We capitalize on our relationships with investors, banks or other lending sources to meet the needs of our middle market clients, thereby helping drive their M&A transactions to a timely and successful conclusion.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

AGG’s attorneys understand that disputes and litigation are a significant cause of expense and uncertainty for any business. Therefore, not only do we thoroughly protect our clients’ interests, but we also work to minimize the disruption that these challenges cause. No matter how complex a case may be or the magnitude of the dispute, we go to bat for our clients’ vision of success. Be it in state or federal courts, before various arbitration bodies, or through mediation, our clients benefit from AGG’s knowledge and experience gained through years of amassing a winning track record. To help our clients streamline the costly discovery process, we rely on a state-of-the-art document management system and deploy sophisticated techniques that keep costs down while maximizing the chances of success.

Government & Regulatory

With decades of experience navigating the intersection of business, law, and government, we help businesses and individuals overcome regulatory hurdles on their path to success. AGG attorneys protect our clients’ interests and help shape their opportunities in virtually every government and regulatory venue. We represent and counsel clients in administrative and legislative hearings, rulemaking and regulatory proceedings, government contracts, government assistance agreements, tax-related investigations and proceedings, and lobbying efforts. We don’t think in terms of whether a regulatory challenge can be overcome; we find the right approach to overcome it now and avoid similar challenges in the future.

Real Estate

We combine our decades of experience with our professional and community relationships to serve domestic and international real estate owners, developers and investors. Our attorneys’ nuanced understanding of the issues impacting the real estate community, such as tax, construction, environmental, joint ventures, and securities, allows them to counsel our clients on their options holistically and chart the best course of action to turn challenges into new opportunities.  Our clients trust us with bet-the-company matters involving project financing, litigation, federal and state environmental regulations, and foreclosures. They regularly rely on us for all aspects of commercial leasing – be it of retail, industrial, or office space – and for help with construction lending, acquisition and disposition of real estate, and economic development projects. We’re also known for our work with real estate private equity funds, in which we help clients with structuring, formation, operation and liquidation of such funds. We also routinely handle all aspects of financing projects subsidized with federal and state tax credits, frequently recommending and structuring unique combinations of subsidized debt.

  • Arbitration
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Bankruptcy
  • Closely-Held and Family Business
  • Commercial and Real Estate Lending
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Food and Drug
  • Government and Regulatory
  • Government Investigations and White Collar Crime
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration and Global Migration
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • Litigation
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Privacy and Consumer Regulatory
  • Private Equity
  • Private Wealth
  • Public Finance and Economic Development
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

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