Practice Areas

International

The international legal experience of Greenberg Glusker cuts across our principal practice areas in business and tax, real estate, intellectual property and technology and litigation.

Our International Law Group handles complex inbound and outbound transactions for business entities, entertainment companies and high net worth individuals.

We counsel U.S. companies conducting business overseas, or producing movies in foreign locations. We also represent foreign companies investing in U.S. media, real estate or business assets. In these areas, our Firm attorneys advise on all business and tax structuring. In the case of film production, our attorneys are able to counsel on all work relating to foreign government subsidies and tax credits.

Greenberg Glusker's international counsel extends to litigation as we have worked on many cross-border lawsuits and arbitrations.

Our International Group attorneys provide clients with a comprehensive range of talent and representation. Areas of experience include cross-border tax and business structuring and intellectual property. We regularly provide international counsel on anti-piracy programs for business software, entertainment software and book publishing. Our Firm has managed copyright and trademark enforcement anti-piracy programs overseas for the Business Software Alliance, and our attorneys have managed similar programs for the Association of American Publishers and major software and games publishers. Our attorneys also have worked on reforms of many of the world's copyright laws, and language crafted by our attorneys appears in three Latin American copyright/software laws.

Additionally, our attorneys conduct overseas deals and licensing transactions for a variety of technology companies. We handle many international trademark registrations and manage international trademark portfolios for leaders in the entertainment industry. Among the languages we speak and conduct business in are Spanish, Portuguese and German.

Greenberg Glusker is the only California-based firm in The World Law Group, a leading international cross-referral organization of premier law firms in over 45 jurisdictions which collaborate on legal work and projects. This affiliation enables the Firm to handle complex international matters across the globe through our World Law Group correspondent firms.

During our 15-year affiliation with this global network, we have extended our Firm's international reach and footprint and expanded into smaller markets such as Turkey, Thailand, the Philippines and South Africa.

Our clients enjoy the benefits of global representation but without the associated expense. Working across borders, time zones and international matters of law, Greenberg Glusker attorneys call upon firm wide resources to counsel clients wherever their legal needs arise.

For more information, please contact Stephen Smith.

  • Structured international and tax matters in Latin America for a major Swiss-owned consumer electronics manufacturer, based in Silicon Valley, with operations throughout the world.
  • Counseled on international and tax structuring for a Silicon Valley-based games manufacturer.
  • Negotiated virtually all mobile download deals with Latin American wireless carriers, many of them owned by America Movil, with most of the deals being conducted entirely in Spanish
  • Pursued breach of contract and tort lawsuits on behalf of a large international entertainment company against a large domestic motion picture distributor for irregularities in royalty payments.
  • Successfully defended a $20 million lawsuit brought by a major celebrity against a large international entertainment company alleging misuse of the celebrity's image, breach of contract and violation of the celebrity's privacy rights.
  • Directed efforts successfully against motion picture pirates in Taiwan both civilly and criminally on behalf of a major international entertainment company.
  • Successfully arbitrated a breach of contract case on behalf of a European motion picture distributor against a Southern California motion picture production company for rescission of distribution contracts and for damages.
  • Successfully pursued breach of license contract claims for a major German entertainment company arising out of a planned pay classical music radio station in Europe.
  • Successfully arbitrated a large case involving breach of a licensing agreement for a large international pharmaceuticals corporation against another large pharmaceuticals corporation. A substantial eight-figure verdict resulted and the damages were paid in full, with interest.
  • Successfully pursued an arbitration against a European motion picture distributor for breach of a distribution agreement.
  • Defended a large international entertainment company against a lawsuit alleging that it had stolen the plaintiff's script and used it to make a hit movie based on the script.
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended lawsuits in trial and appellate courts on behalf of a large Chinese bank involving breaches of loan agreements, resulting in a substantial eight-figure judgment in favor of the client.
  • Defended Taiwanese computer manufacturer against a breach of royalty contract suit and achieved a favorable outcome.
  • Defended a large Indonesian conglomerate in $20 million action alleging breach of contracts to establish joint ventures in China.
  • Advised major international entertainment companies on all litigation-related aspects of business in Southern California.
  • Assisted local companies in domestic and overseas litigation Germany and China.
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