Countries

Argentina

Agriculture & Foods:

Register biomass resulting from a genetically modified organism for use as animal feed additive

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Research requirements to import additives for animal feed

Research requirements to use astaxanthin in foods

Research rules governing importation of artificial sweeteners for industrial and consumer markets

Review rules and regulations related to importation of additive to animal feed, where additive was derived from a genetically modified organism

Research requirements to import and distribute artificial sweeteners

Research labeling requirements for fruit-flavored drinks

Create common product label for additive used in foods for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Biodiversity and Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law.

Biotechnology:

Register biomass resulting from a genetically modified organism for use as animal feed additive

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Review rules and regulations related to importation of additive to animal feed, where additive was derived from a genetically modified organism

Chemicals

Obtain approval for polymers and dyes used in reusable water bottles for children and adults made by major US manufacturer

Cosmetics:

Create common product label for additive used in cosmetics for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research requirements to import and register dietary supplements for human consumption.

Create common product label for additive used in pharmaceutical products for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Azerbaijan

Construction, Industrial & Government Procurement:

Consultant to Washington, DC-based law firm to negotiate and structure a government contract for the construction of a 4-lane highway to traverse the Republic of Azerbaijan. Services included: reviewing financing applications and conditions from a team of banks headed by Societe Generale; reviewing loan guarantee conditions / provisions from the United States Export-Import Bank; negotiating specific conditions to the standard FIDIC international construction contract that were ultimately executed between the Ministry of Transport of Azerbaijan and the prime contractor, a U.S. entity; negotiating contracts between the prime contractor and Azeri sub-contractors; developing comprehensive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act guidelines for the prime and all sub-contractors; structuring accounting practices to comply with U.S. and Azeri GAAP rules as well as Ex-Im Bank reporting requirements; meeting with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States; meeting with the representatives of the United States Departments of Commerce, State and Export-Import Bank; obtain letters of support for the project from then-U.S. Secretary of Commerce Locke and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.

Bolivia

Agriculture & Foods:

Prepare distribution agreement for ingredients and additives to be used in the production of animal feed and domestic pet food, including related product registration

Corporate / Commercial

Prepare distribution agreement for ingredients and additives to be used in the production of animal feed and domestic pet food, including related product registration

Brazil

Agriculture & Foods:

Registration of subsidiary of US animal feed and feed supplement producer as an importer and registration of corresponding products with Ministry of Agriculture

Research laws governing importation and use agricultural liming agents

Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Obtain exemption from CTNBio of GM registration requirement for final product of early flowering technique

Assist US food producer release food products detained by Brazilian Customs for non-compliance with applicable labeling regulations

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Assist major US food manufacture clear goods detained by Brazilian customs / health authorities

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in foods

Research regulations governing DHA use in foods, nutritional supplements and animal / fish feed

Review laws governing the importation of novel foods

Determining all permits and licenses required by Brazil for the establishment of an animal feed production facility to be owned by a foreign entity. Services included: identification of appropriate local entity structure; identification of permits / authorizations at the federal, state and municipal levels, including the equivalent of FDA approvals; and identification of tax and banking requirements, specifically for repatriation of profits

Create common product label for additive used in foods for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Research requirements to obtain authorization to sell DHA from non-traditional source as additive for human and animal feed

Research regulatory treatment of cellulose for use in food products

Research registration requirements for indirect food contact chemicals

Research labeling requirements for fruit-flavored drinks

Review proposed label for fresh produce product to be sold directly to consumer

Research registration and labeling requirements for GM-derived foods for human consumption

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Biotechnology:

Obtain exemption from CTNBio of GM registration requirement for final product of early flowering technique

Research requirements to import genetically modified organisms for industrial use purposes

Research registration and labeling requirements for GM-derived foods for human consumption

Chemicals

Conduct regulatory due diligence for acquisition by a US multinational of a Brazil chemical manufacturing company, including verification of compliance with product registration and labeling regulations

Corporate & Commercial:

Create subsidiary of US animal feed and feed supplement producer, including advising concerning type of entity, creation of subsidiary, preparation of office and warehouse space lease agreements, advising concerning potential labor law issues

Research regulatory implications resulting from sale of chemical-production plant, including need to obtain new operating permits and other authorizations

Cosmetics:

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in cosmetics

Research rules governing health claims for cosmetics

Create common product label for additive used in cosmetics for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Health & Pharmaceuticals:      

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in pharmaceuticals

Create common product label for additive used in pharmaceutical products for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Research requirements to obtain authorization to sell DHA from non-traditional source as dietary supplement for humans

Review laws governing importation, registration and labeling of dietary supplements for humans.

Transportation:

Research Brazilian rules and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials by land, air and in-land waters

Canada

Agriculture & Foods:

Engage Government of Canada to confirm TransLegal position that Convention on Biological Diversity and domestic Canadian laws on benefit sharing were inapplicable to client’s circumstances and to its commercialization of agricultural product developed from microbes collected in Canada

Bioprospecting

Engage Government of Canada to confirm TransLegal position that Convention on Biological Diversity and domestic Canadian laws on benefit sharing were inapplicable to client’s circumstances and to its commercialization of agricultural product developed from microbes collected in Canada

International Trade:

Advise concerning harmonization of antidumping duty laws for North America

Chile

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Research laws governing importation and use agricultural liming agents

Registration of animal feed and feed supplement products

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Research requirements to import additives for animal feed

Research requirements to use astaxanthin in foods

Biodiversity and Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Biotechnology:

Research requirements to import genetically modified organisms for industrial use purposes

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Chemicals

Register chemical additives and fungicides used to treat wood for construction

Corporate / Commercial:

Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research requirements to import and register dietary supplements for human consumption

China

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Colombia

Agriculture & Foods:

Research allergen labeling requirements for foods and product recall requirements for products potentially contaminated with known allergen

Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Advise micro coffee producer concerning negotiations with multinational coffee distributor

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Create common product label for additive used in foods for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Bankruptcy:

Consult on bankruptcy procedures related to bankruptcy case filed in Florida with assets in Colombia

Biotechnology:

Research requirements to import genetically modified organisms for industrial use purposes

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Cosmetics:

Create common product label for additive used in cosmetics for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Create common product label for additive used in pharmaceutical products for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Litigation:

Consult concerning possible breach of contract claim related to sale of real property later expropriated by Colombian government

Djibouti:

Agriculture & Foods:

Research allergen labeling requirements for foods and product recall requirements for products potentially contaminated with known allergen

Dominican Republic

Agency & Distributorship:

Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving wrongful termination of local distributor by US multinational

Agriculture & Foods:

Research allergen labeling requirements for foods and product recall requirements for products potentially contaminated with known allergen

Corporate / Commercial:

Advise multinational concerning distributor protection laws

Telecommunications / Technology:

Research privacy and data storage regulations applicable to banks and financial institutions

Prepare representation agreement for US-based provider of cloud services. Negotiate agreement with local distributor.

Trademarks:

Registration in US of trademark of Dominican Republic-based restaurant chain and food producer

Ecuador

Agriculture & Foods:

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Corporate / Commercial:

Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

El Salvador

Biodiversity and Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Bioprospecting

Research laws governing bioprospecting, defined as the search for economically valuable genetic and biochemical resources from nature, benefit sharing and application of UN Convention on Biological Diversity and related protocols. Negotiate terms to collect genetic patrimony from El Salvador. Client ultimately terminated negotiations because of government’s desired benefit sharing

Ghana

Agriculture & Foods:

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Guatemala

Corporate & Commercial:

Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Honduras

Agriculture & Foods:

Register animal feed supplements produced by US manufacturer

Iceland

Corporate & Commercial:

Preparation of distribution agreement for Icelandic handicrafts

Assist structure a life-style brand based on Iceland

India

Agriculture & Foods:

Represent investor group in bid to open US-based food chain franchise in India

Analyze the laws and regulations of India governing the use of the vegetarian symbol (VEG) on foods for human consumption and their ingredients, including discussions with representatives of the Food Safety and Standards Authority

Biotechnology:

Obtain an opinion from the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) of India confirming that a client’s product, manufactured using a genetically modified organism, did not require special import authorizations

Registration requirements for GM-derived foods for human consumption

Cosmetics:

Analyzing the regulations governing the use of denatured alcohol in the production of perfumes in India

Corporate / Commercial:

Represent investor group in bid to open US-based food chain franchise in India

Franchise:

Consultant to group of investors competing for the exclusive franchise to establish a US food retail brand in India, including preparation of business plan and follow-up reports; demographic and market studies; financial projections, identification of partners in India and analysis of Indian laws concerning foreign investment, repatriation of capital and taxation

Japan

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Korea

Chemicals

Research biocides allowed for use in household products

Latin America

Agriculture & Foods:

Assisting a multinational food company with a voluntary food recall in Latin America resulting from a mislabeled product, including disclosure to applicable government health and consumer protection authorities, coordinating potential health impact for consumers, pulling product off store shelves, public disclosure and negotiation of fines

Lebanon

Estates and Trusts:

Assist US-heirs of Lebanese national with estate issues related to real property owned in Lebanon, including identification of real estate and transfer of title

Kyrgyzstan

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Obtain copies of sanitary standards for manufacture of pharmaceutical products

Kenya

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life. Apply for authorization to use product in-country.

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Mexico

Agriculture & Foods:

Review labels for dietary supplement (protein drink) to be exported to Mexico

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life. Apply for authorization to use product in-country.

Registration of genetically modified organism with Cofepris for use as source of table and cooking oil

Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Research laws governing importation of anaerobic sulphur-reducing bacteria for use in the manufacture of bread improvers

Research requirements to import additives for animal feed

Research requirements to use astaxanthin in foods

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in foods

Analyze the laws and regulations governing the importation of pesticides into Mexico for greenhouse and field testing, including discussions with representatives of the Secretariats of Agriculture and the Environment and identification of accredited testing laboratories in Mexico

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Research warning label requirements for artificial sweeteners for human consumption

Research requirements for importing oils and flours from non-traditional sources

Biodiversity and Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Bioprospecting

Successfully negotiate permit to collect genetic patrimony from Mexico, including transfer of ownership to collected samples and benefit sharing

Biotechnology

Successfully negotiate permit to collect genetic patrimony from Mexico, including transfer of ownership to collected samples and benefit sharing

Corporate & Commercial:

Research regulatory implications resulting from sale of chemical-production plant, including need to obtain new operating permits and other authorizations

Cosmetics:

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in cosmetics

Research rules governing health claims for cosmetics.

Customs / Import & Export:

Analyzing the regulations governing the importation into Mexico of certain consumer goods, including testing and labeling requirements

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research requirements to import and register dietary supplements for human consumption

Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in pharmaceuticals

International Trade:

Advise concerning harmonization of antidumping duty laws for North America

Oil & Gas:

Research requirements for use of algae-based friction inhibitor / lubricant in oil rig wells

Nicaragua

Biodiversity & Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Corporate & Commercial:

Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Nigeria

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research regulations governing the importation and sale of tobacco products

Norway

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Panama

Telecommunications / Technology:

Research privacy and data storage regulations applicable to banks and financial institutions

Peru

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Research requirements to import additives for animal feed

Research requirements to use astaxanthin in foods

Biotechnology:

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Corporate & Commercial:

Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research requirements to import and register dietary supplements for human consumption

Philippines

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Research the laws and regulations governing the importation into the Philippines of drugs to be used in human clinical trial studies and identifying companies authorized by the Bureau of Food and Drugs to import drugs

Research allergen labeling requirements for foods and product recall requirements for products potentially contaminated with known allergen

Puerto Rico

Agency & Distributorship:

Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving wrongful termination of local distributor by US multinational

Biodiversity & Environmental:

Obtain permits to collect samples of natural resources

Qatar

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Biodiversity & Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials, discussions concerning benefit sharing and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Corporate & Commercial:

Qualify a United States entity to do business in Qatar, including all registration and local representative requirements

Saudi Arabia

Agency & Distributorship:

Examine the Saudi law regulating distributorship and agency agreements

South Africa

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Spain

Biodiversity & Environmental:

Compile national legislation implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and determining requirements for obtaining state authorization to bio-prospect in the national territory, discussions concerning benefit sharing and export genetic material, including meetings with corresponding Ministry officials and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Trademarks:

Coordinate opposition to registration of competing and confusing trademark

Trinidad & Tobago

Corporate & Commercial:

Review contracts between a US company and Trinidanian parties to assure compliance with local law

United Arab Emirates:

Agriculture & Foods:

Determine regulatory status of constituent chemicals used to treat fresh fruits and vegetables to create an edible coating to preserve freshness and extend shelf-life

Ukraine

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Obtain copies of customs rulings concerning importation of tobacco products.

Uruguay

Agriculture & Foods:

Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Uzbekistan

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Obtain copies of sanitary standards for manufacture of pharmaceutical products

United Kingdom

Trademarks:

Registration in US of trademark of UK-based snack foods producer

United States

Corporate & Commercial:

New York: Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving release of assets of Venezuelan corporation attached by New York State court

Mediation Consulting:

Washington, DC: Consultant in mediation with the World Bank related to claim of unjust enrichment

Trademarks:

Registration of trademark of Dominican Republic-based restaurant chain and food producer

Registration of trademark of UK-based snack food producer

Venezuela

Agriculture & Foods:

Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Biotechnology:

Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Corporate & Commercial:

Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving release of assets of Venezuelan corporation attached by New York State court