Practice Areas

Agency / Distributorship

Saudi Arabia: Examining the Saudi law regulating distributorship and agency agreements

Agriculture & Foods

Latin America: 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

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela: Research laws related to the registration and importation of artificial sweeteners derived from genetically modified organisms

Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru: Research requirements to import additives for animal feed

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

Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru: Research requirements to use astaxanthin in foods

Argentina: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Argentina: Research labeling requirements for fruit-flavored drinks

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

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

Argentina: Research requirements to import and distribute artificial sweeteners

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

Brazil: Research laws governing importation and use agricultural liming agents

Brazil: Research laws governing registration of imported food products

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

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

Brazil: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Brazil: Research requirements to obtain authorization to sell DHA from non-traditional source as additive for human and animal feed and as dietary supplement for humans

Brazil: Research regulatory treatment of cellulose

Brazil: Research registration requirements for indirect food contact chemicals

Brazil:  Research labeling requirements for fruit-flavored drinks

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

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

Brazil: Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

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

Brazil, Mexico: Research regulations governing use of titanium dioxide in foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

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

Brazil: Review laws governing the importation of novel foods

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

Brazil: 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

Canada: 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

Chile: 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

Chile: Research laws governing importation and use agricultural liming agents

Chile: Registration of animal feed and feed supplement products

China: 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, Dominican Republic and Philippines:  Research allergen labeling requirements for foods and product recall requirements for products potentially contaminated with known allergen

Colombia:  Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Colombia:  Advise micro coffee producer concerning negotiations with multinational coffee distributor

Colombia:  Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Colombia: Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Djibouti: 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

Honduras: Register animal feed supplements produced by US manufacturer

Ghana: Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

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

India: Registration requirements for GM-derived foods for human consumption

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

Japan: 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

Kenya: 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.

Kenya: Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

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

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.

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

Mexico: Research laws governing registration of imported food products

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

Mexico: Research warning label requirements for artificial sweeteners for human consumption

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

Mexico:  Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Mexico: 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

Nigeria: 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

Nigeria: Research requirements to register new additive for distilled liquors

Norway: 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

Peru: 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

Qatar: 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

South Africa: 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

United Arab Emirates: 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

Uruguay: Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Venezuela: Research laws governing registration of imported food products

Bankruptcy

Colombia: Consulting on bankruptcy procedures

Biodiversity

Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Qatar: Compiling 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 and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Chile: Compiling 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 and review of draft mutual transfer agreements to ensure compliance with local law

Bioprospecting

Canada: 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

El Salvador: 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

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

Biotechnology

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

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

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

India: 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

Brazil, Chile, Colombia: Research requirements to import genetically modified organisms for industrial use purposes

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

Chemicals

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

Brazil: 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

Chile: Register chemical additives and fungicides used to treat wood for construction

Korea: Research biocides allowed for use in household products

Construction / Industrial

Azerbaijan: Consultant to Washington, DC-based law firm to negotiate and structure a 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 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Locke and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia

Corporate / Commercial

Bolivia: 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: 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

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

Chile: Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Dominican Republic: Advise multinational concerning distributor protection laws

Dominican Republic:  Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving wrongful termination of distributor by US multinational

Ecuador: Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Guatemala: Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

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

Iceland: Preparation of distribution agreement for Icelandic handicrafts

Iceland: Assist structure a life-style brand based on Iceland

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

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

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

Nicaragua: Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

Puerto Rico: Litigation consultant on civil / commercial case involving wrongful termination of distributor by US multinational

Peru: Advise client concerning negotiation of distribution agreement for animal feed supplements

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

Trinidad & Tobago: Review contracts between a US company and Trinidanian parties to assure compliance with local law

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

Cosmetics

Argentina: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Brazil: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Brazil & Mexico: Research rules governing health claims for cosmetics

Colombia: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

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

Customs / Import & Export

Nigeria: Research regulations governing the importation and sale of cigarettes

Ukraine: Obtain copies of customs rulings

Environmental

Puerto Rico: Research requirements to collect samples of natural resources

Estates and Trusts

Lebanon: Assist US-heirs of Lebanese national with estate issues related to real property owned in Lebanon

Foreign Investment

Brazil: 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

India: Consultant to group of US and Indian entrepreneurs regarding negotiation of exclusive franchise for India from a major US food retail chain

India: Consulted for 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

Health & Pharmaceutical

Argentina: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru: Research requirements to import and register dietary supplements for human consumption

Brazil:  Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Colombia: Create common product label for additive used in food, cosmetics and pharma sectors for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan: Obtain copies of sanitary standards

Nigeria: Obtain regulations governing the sale of tobacco products

Philippines: 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

International Trade

Canada: Advise concerning harmonization of antidumping duty laws for North America

Mexico: Advise concerning harmonization of antidumping duty laws for North America

Litigation

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

Mediation Consulting

United States: Strategize on behalf of claimant related to a mediation with the World Bank related to unjust enrichment

Oil & Gas

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

Telecommunications / Technology:

Dominican Republic: Research privacy and data storage regulations applicable to banks and financial institutions

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

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

Transportation

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

Trademarks

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

Spain: Coordinate opposition to registration of competing and confusing trademark

United Kingdom: Registration in US of trademark of UK-based snack foods producer

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

United States: Registration of trademark of UK-based snack food producer