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The next best thing to local counsel in foreign jurisdictions


An increasing number of corporations are becoming multinational. Whether it’s their first foray in globalization or a continued expansion, their legal needs are growing, and they are decidedly more complex. 

From building a new manufacturing plant to opening a call center, the pressure for you to help globalize them is mounting. As you navigate these challenges, your company will expect that you can provide counsel as you have always done on any matter that came their way in the U.S.  

Your current tried-and-true resources aren’t good enough 

Your department is full of experienced attorneys. You have your go-to attorneys for even the most niche areas – Jim for employment law, Hannah for real estate law. You trust Hannah to know the ins and outs of current real estate law in the United States, but even Hannah would look to local counsel in Germany for advice on a German real estate matter.

Only a native attorney can provide the context and the idiosyncrasies – essentially the spirit of the law in addition to the letter of the law. No matter how well Hannah can do that for you here, you need to find Hannah’s German counterpart to ensure you and your department are relying on the most accurate, up-to-date information combined with the insight only a local attorney can offer.

Who do you trust when your corporation’s case – and your reputation – is on the line? 

Adding another layer of complexity is that simply finding an attorney in said country isn’t enough. What do you know about them? Would you trust just any attorney in Germany with your corporation’s case and your reputation? When all of this is on the line, you need resources you can trust with your case and reputation.

As the number of international matters that crosses your desk increases, this scenario and your need for go-to international counsel rises as well. While you may have contacts in Canada or China, can you say the same about Luxembourg or Switzerland, two countries ranked in the top 10 for open for business

Depend on those you already depend on

It just isn’t feasible to have those professional legal relationships with local resources you can trust in every country. But what if your already-established trusted partners like Thomson Reuters provided you with both the depth and breadth of legal expertise you needed wherever you needed it? 

Fortunately, Practical Law offers just that. With over 600 attorney editors throughout the world – constantly and carefully monitoring updates to laws in their jurisdiction – you have the expertise necessary while ensuring you can rely on its information. 

Your department can’t possibly have boots on the ground everywhere your company wants to be. But you can still confidently provide counsel – with a little help from Practical Law.

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