Business & Commercial

Canada-U.S. Cross Border

Being headquartered in an international border city, our knowledge and experience of legal issues related to business and trade between the US and Canada is vast. We value our Canadian clients —both individuals and businesses— highly, and have offices near Toronto to serve their needs.

Our Canadian clients turn to us for assistance with:

  • Entity selection, formation, organization and structuring of U.S. entities. We can bring together accountants, lenders and investors in connection with Canada-U.S. cross-border activities.
  • Employment. Assisting with matters related to its employees and unfair competition.
  • Litigation. Including the prosecution and defense of actions in the U.S.
  • Tax planning. Address simple and complex U.S. federal income tax, state and local tax structures and issues.
  • “Nexus” and “doing business” issues. Devising compliance strategies for businesses selling in multiple states.
  • Private finance and venture capital. Advising startups and emerging business, and often assist in the negotiations.
  • Securities and investments. Including any federal and state securities laws and issues that may arise.
  • Finance and banking. Arranging, negotiating, structuring and documenting business financing for Canada-based companies.
  • Intellectual property for businesses. Including registering and licensing those rights in the U.S. and enforcing and defending against infringements.
  • Estate planning. Including determining whether a U.S. tax domicile or dual national status may exist. Working with Canadian counterparts, we frequently review and prepare U.S. components of estate planning documents. We also examine the effects of individual or joint ownership (e.g., by spouses) of U.S. real estate and other property under the Canada-U.S. Income Tax Treaty.
  • Immigration. Including assisting businesses in gaining employees’ entry into the U.S.
  • Agreements. Including “Americanizing” (or “translating”) Canadian agreements to U.S. standards while accounting for variances between the two countries’ laws.
  • Acquisitions of U.S. assets. Including businesses, intellectual property and rights, equipment and products and product lines.
  • Real estate. All aspects of U.S. based real estate, including purchases, sales, leases, financing and development.

PRACTICE CONTACTS: David H. Alexander | Howard B. Cohen
Nicholas J. Ingrassia

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