Establishing a Business in the US

Our foreign clients, including those based in the Pacific Rim and in Europe, have regularly turned to our firm for help in all aspects of setting up subsidiary operations in the United States. We have working relationships with most regulatory agencies in the federal government and in the State of California, including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Interstate Commerce Commission, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, the California Secretary of State, the Franchise Tax Board, the Public Utilities Commission, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Department of Business Oversight, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as other licensing agencies, and we have developed the reputation with these agencies for integrity and superior professional representation. The firm’s corporate counsel represents foreign clients before these agencies and advises clients with respect to the intricacies of federal and state regulatory compliance requirements involved in opening and doing business in the United States.


Entity Formation

We help clients with different types of formations including corporations, LLCs, C Corporations, S Corporations and partnerships. We explain the difference between these entitites and advise as to the best jurisdiction to register.

We guide our clients through each step of the process, from choice of entity to name selection to registering with appropriate governmental agencies.

Operational control, taxation, stage of development and potential personal liability concerns must all be evaluated in determining the most effective form of business entity. Some enterprises may initially be established as sole proprietorships and later converted to corporations or LLCs; others, such as joint ventures, may be organized as partnerships, corporations or LLCs as may be most effective under the particular circumstances. In close collaboration with the attorneys at the firm, you can be confident that all of these matters are fully addressed.


Corporate Compliance

There are many federal state and local laws imposed on buiness entities. 

We counsel our clients in all steps and aspects of the requirement to comply with these laws. We assist our corporate clients with annual meetings and advise in matters relating to corporate formalitites. We regulary assist our business clients with regulatory requirements affecting the food industry, including alcholic beverage licensing, consumer protection laws, Prop 65 compliance in California, and addressing the unfolding requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  For all clients, we help navigate through the maze of federal, state and local laws affecting employees.


Cross Border Corporate Matters

Our Firm regulary helps foreign parents establish buiness in the United States. We also assist U.S. Business as they prepare to set up a presence overseas.


Corporate Governance

We regulary advise clients about director and officer liability, indemnification of officers and directors. Interested director or conflict of interest circumstances, and the delicate nuances of board dynamics.