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A Starter Guide to Doing Business in the United States

Author(s): Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Woon-Wah Siu
Practice Area: Commercial law, Corporate law, Regulation and compliance (Corporate law), Securities and other financial products
Date: Jul 2016 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402426117
PLI Item #: 172329

A Starter Guide to Doing Business in the United States is a helpful resource for non-U.S. businesses, foreign attorneys, law firm associates and new entrepreneurs launching a new business in the United States. Edited by Woon-Wah Siu (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), this book covers the main legal and regulatory issues to be considered before entering the U.S. market, including:

  • Choice of a business entity—describing the requirements for a corporation, LLC, partnership, and sole proprietorship
  • Federal securities law—discussing the major statutes, provisions and regulations controlling the creation and exchange of business interests, including what is required to qualify as a Foreign Private Issuer
  • Buying a company: the M&A process—highlighting each step of the process and the differences between buying a U.S. company and a non-U.S. company
  • Employment considerations—providing guidance on the issues that arise when hiring employees in the U.S.
  • Equity incentives for U.S. employees—comparing the permissible types of equity incentives and the relevant tax and accounting treatment of such incentives
  • Immigration law—describing the requirements for the various types of employment-related visas and other business-related provisions
  • U.S. international trade law—exploring the many major statutes and international agreements that regulate importing into, exporting out of, or investing in the United States
  • Protecting intellectual property—describing the kinds of protections in the U.S., how to derive maximum value from your IP through licensing, and how to assert or defend your IP in litigation
  • Environmental law—describing the requirements mandated by major federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as providing suggestions on successful compliance strategies
  • Taxation—describing the many kinds of taxes affecting trade and business, and focusing on the differing treatment of U.S. persons versus non-U.S. persons, as well as U.S. source versus non-U.S. source income
  • Litigation—providing a general discussion of the structure of the court systems in the United States as applied to civil cases, the terminology and procedure generally used in U.S. courts, enforcement of court judgments, and specialized tribunals, arbitration and mediation
A Starter Guide to Doing Business in the United States also includes discussion of U.S. commercial real estate transactions, regulation of the energy sector, products liability law, and business insurance. It provides useful charts, tables, best practices and highlighted tips throughout.
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Woon-Wah Siu, of counsel in the Corporate practice, focuses her practice on international business transactions, including capital market transactions, representing clients across a broad range of industries and sizes. Before joining Katten, she lived and practiced with an international firm in Shanghai for nearly a decade.

Woon-Wah works with multinational corporations to formulate and execute their investment strategies in China, including mergers and acquisitions, greenfield investments, joint ventures and other strategic arrangements. In addition, she assists Chinese companies with outbound direct investments and overseas capital markets transactions and counsels them on US corporate and securities compliance and corporate governance issues.