Import, Export & Supply Chain Distribution

Doing business internationally has become increasingly complex. With over 300 attorneys representing clients in more than 50 countries, we help you navigate the international landscape so you can maximize opportunities while minimizing risk. Through skilled negotiation, and years of experience, we provide an integrated approach to your business activities, including import, export, and supply chain distribution.


Seizures, detentions, audits, and investigations are time-consuming and costly. We help our clients understand and comply with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) laws and regulations so our clients can avoid penalties and delays–and get on with their business. Our attorneys routinely represent clients in customs audits and defend them in proceedings involving customs violations. We also:

  • Design customs import processes that match clients’ compliance and business needs
  • Conduct tariff classification and customs valuation reviews (including transfer price evaluations)
  • Counsel clients regarding special duty programs such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Counsel clients on issues regarding CBP’s enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Export and Economic Sanctions

Your business approach is comprehensive, and so is ours. We work with you to develop export compliance programs that help you overcome the hurdles that hinder cross-border transactions. We provide counsel on issues arising from controls administered by the Departments of State, Commerce, Energy and Treasury, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); Export Administration Regulations (EAR); sanctions programs under the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Our clients look to us for counsel on:

  • Commodity jurisdiction and classification
  • Licensing
  • Compliance Programs and Training
  • Audits
  • M&A due diligence of export compliance
  • Anti-boycott Compliance
  • Technology Transfer and Encryption

We also frequently conduct internal investigations,, prepare voluntary disclosures, and defend against civil and criminal enforcement actions.

International Franchise and Distribution

Whether expanding your businesses overseas, or bringing your brands into the U.S., we help you save time, and avoid costly missteps. We assist clients negotiate agreements and resolve disputes globally. Our clients value the expertise, resources and key relationships we bring to the table. We assist clients with:

  • Drafting and negotiating distribution and franchise agreements
  • Providing country specific legal and cultural advise
  • Drafting and negotiating master franchise agreements, single franchise agreements, and joint venture agreements.
  • Preparing franchise disclosure documents
  • Trademark registrations
  • Ensuring compliance with franchise, intellectual property registration and other filing requirements
  • International brand positioning and protection
  • Dispute resolution in foreign jurisdictions
  • Cross-border supply chain and product distribution issues
  • Cross-border M&A
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, including program design, implementation, and training

We’ll help you unravel your most challenging legal issues no matter where your business takes you.

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Primary Services

International Business Services

Key Contacts

David P. Kunstle
David P. Kunstle