Obtaining your company’s US tax number

One of the most important steps in the formation of a new company is the application for an Employment Information Number (EIN, or also FEIN). The EIN is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to business entities operating in the United States. Originally, the EIN was limited to reporting employment-relatedContinue reading “Obtaining your company’s US tax number”

Incorporating in the United States

A while ago, I wrote an article on choosing the state of incorporation for your US company. Now that you’ve decided where your company will be located (probably Delaware), the next step, of course, is to incorporate: First, you file a brief document (the Articles of Incorporation or, in Delaware, Certificate of Incorporation) outlining theContinue reading “Incorporating in the United States”

US Citizens renouncing citizenship in record numbers

Here in the US, folks tend to assume that the United States is the proverbial “city upon a hill,” a place to which everyone does (or at least should) aspire. Many of my colleagues overseas have had some serious doubts about that premise for some time, but increasingly, even US citizens are having their doubts.Continue reading “US Citizens renouncing citizenship in record numbers”

Business visas to the US about to get more expensive

As if coronavirus hasn’t already made business travel complicated enough, the cost of many of the most common non-immigrant business visas to the US is about to increase significantly. The USCIS recently announced an increase in the filing fees for certain immigrant and non-immigrant visas which allow foreign citizens to live and work in theContinue reading “Business visas to the US about to get more expensive”

Where in the World is our Case to be Litigated

A little while back I wrote about choosing the law which applies to your transaction in an international setting. While often the party which initiates the transaction (and provides the first draft of the contract) will dictate the law and venue, that’s not always the best option. Indeed, in some cases it’s wildly impractical, particularlyContinue reading “Where in the World is our Case to be Litigated”

Dealing with the Risks of Remote Service

The German business newspaper Handelsblatt ran an article (in German) last week discussing the issues facing German companies with US subsidiaries during the coronavirus. While a lot of business can be done remotely, much of Germany’s export economy is based on industrial goods, and those goods often require in-person service or installation. Given that mostContinue reading “Dealing with the Risks of Remote Service”

Setting the Ground Rules

I’m working on a few transactions right now between companies in different countries (heck, on different continents), and there seems to be one issue none of my clients or their counterparts really want to deal with, and that’s choice of law. The problem is that choice of law is really important, and drafting a contractContinue reading “Setting the Ground Rules”

Secret Service starts new Cyber Crime Task Force

Last week the United States Secret Service announced the creation of the “Cyber Fraud Task Force,” to focus on the investigation of cyber financial crimes. The new task force is the result of a merger of two prior groups focusing on cyber crime and financial crime respectively, and is an acknowledgement that many if notContinue reading “Secret Service starts new Cyber Crime Task Force”

Privacy Shield Struck Down

Max Schrems has become quite the thorn in the side of United States business, and it’s just gotten worse. The European Court of Justice today struck down the EU-US Privacy shield, one of the two primary methods by which European companies can transfer personal information of EU citizens to the United States. Otherwise, under Europe’sContinue reading “Privacy Shield Struck Down”

Stopping a horse is harder than you think …

There’s been a lot of news about the attempt by Robert Trump, brother of President Donald Trump, to block the publication of niece Mary Trump’s book on the family’s internal dirty laundry. Just this evening, a judge denied Robert Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction against publication, meaning the book should start shipping tomorrow absentContinue reading “Stopping a horse is harder than you think …”