international transactions

Ten Things: The Essentials of a Successful Trans-Border Transaction

One of the most exciting events for an in-house lawyer is when their company becomes involved in a merger/acquisition, joint venture, or other strategic transaction.  It becomes even more challenging when the transaction is international in nature.  And it really becomes fun when it involves multiple companies in multiple countries.  While such transactions are rare for most companies, many in-house counsel will need to deal with a trans-border transaction at some point in their careers, either as a prime member of the deal team or as a subject matter expect who participates in a specific part of the deal.  Regardless, there are a number of things you need to be aware of in order to help facilitate a smooth landing of the deal.  A while back, I participated on a panel at Baker McKenzie’s annual “Doing Business Globally” event in Dallas, Texas.  My panel discussed winning strategies in cross-border deals.  Joining me were Michael E. Santa Maria, a partner in the Dallas office of Baker McKenzie, and Matt Haltom, the General Counsel for Sally Beauty Supply.  This edition of “Ten Things” will borrow from the presentation we gave at that event (and thank you to the good folks at Baker McKenzie for permission to do so),[1] along with some recent updates and links to resources.   Here are ten things you need to know for a successful trans-border transaction:

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