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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP was established in 1912. For more than 100 years, clients have relied on us as a valued business partner and trusted advisor. The law firm has over 550 lawyers, 600 support staff, 18 offices worldwide and 60 areas of legal practice. Dorsey supports clients in a wide range of industries and sectors including agriculture, food and beverage, banking, energy, health care, mining and natural resources and public-private project developmen

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Main Areas of Practice:International Capital MarketsIssuers, investors and underwriters draw upon the hybrid set of skills and experiences of our international capital markets team. With our regional focus and international experience, we offer our clients enhanced value-added services in the capital raising process. Our one-firm approach makes us particularly adept at dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional and multi lingual matters. Our international capital markets practice focuses on the following core areas:Initial public offerings (“IPOs”) and listings on the New York, London and Hong Kong stock exchangesU.S. and international private placements under Rule 144A/Regulation SPIPE offeringsPre-IPO restructuring and financingMergers & AcquisitionsDorsey is a leader among law firms, year in and year out, in the number of M&A transactions completed. Dorsey M&A attorneys help global clients navigate the legal and business landscape and complete a full range of M&A transactions, including:Global and regional mergersStrategic alliances and joint ventures“Going private” transactionsLeveraged buyouts and other private equity transactionsTechnology licensing and distributor arrangementsLongstanding clients, repeat deal activity and consistent referrals attest to the value that Dorsey M&A attorneys bring to transactions. In addition to high-level technical capabilities, Dorsey M&A attorneys are committed to understanding our clients’ businesses, to providing top notch client service and to helping our clients succeed, through an integrated team approach. Our relentless focus on client success is why clients of all sizes, whether new and emerging companies or Fortune 500 companies, count on Dorsey to complete their deals.Dorsey consistently ranks among the leading firms in the United States in completed M&A transactions.The volume of deals we complete gives us a level of knowledge that is second to none.As leaders in the practice, we stay abreast of the latest developing trends in M&A law and practice.Private Equity and Emerging CompaniesPrivate equity dealmakers face unique challenges in structuring and completing cross-border private equity transactions. Dorsey attorneys use their considerable knowledge of the U.S. and global investment environments to take a practical approach in the context of the business deal at hand in order to help our clients accomplish their goals. To that end, we recognize the importance of “getting the deal done.”That is why financial sponsors (buyout funds, venture funds, hedge funds, banks, funds of funds, and high net worth individuals), their portfolio companies, management groups, lenders, financial advisors, business brokers and other parties count on Dorsey for help with a broad variety of global private equity investment transactions including:Early stage and venture capital financingsGrowth, mezzanine and other later stage financingsAcquisition debt and leveraged buyoutsWe also advise private equity sponsors on the formation of U.S., international and multi-jursidictional private investment funds. Intellectual PropertyNearly one-fifth of the Dorsey’s lawyers are involved in some form of Intellectual Property practice from drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, to exploiting those IP rights through licenses and other agreements, to protecting and defending those rights through litigation. We have a premier IP practice with over 100 lawyers involved in the practice globally. Our IP team has been recognized internationally for the quality and volume of its IP practice. Our IP practice areas include:Patent procurement and portfolio managementPatent enforcement and defense against allegations of infringementTrademark, copyright and brand managementDomain name registration, transfer and enforcementIP due diligence for corporate transactionsIP evaluation and opinionsIP litigationIP licensing and technology transferInternational WorkIn over 60 countries, Dorsey provides clients with expertise on matters including cross-border transactions, corporate advice, complex litigation, capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, intellectual property, immigration, tax litigation and arbitration, export controls, licensing agreements and international treaties.International Dispute Resolution Dorsey international trade attorneys specialize in helping companies deal with problems related to the importation of products into the U.S., including advising and representing U.S. and foreign companies in international trade matters before the U.S. Commerce Department (“Commerce”), U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”), Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”). Some of these matters include:U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty cases before Commerce and ITCU.S. safeguard cases under section 201, the Escape Clause, and section 421, and special safeguard cases against China before ITC and USTRSection 337 trade cases, involving imports in violation of patents and other intellectual property, before the ITCCBP matters, including tariff classification, country of origin, valuation, and other issues related to importation of products into the U.S., including APHIS and Bioterrorism“Deemed exports” and the application of U.S. export control laws to persons of different or dual nationalitiesNational Security Law PracticeDorsey attorneys offer in-depth experience and expertise in handling a wide range of business transactions that involve national security considerations under U.S., European Union and Hong Kong law. Our knowledge includes:Export controls on “dual use,” military and nuclear end use itemsUnited Nations and national sanctions and embargoes, including the embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) within the U.S. Department of the TreasuryPublic disclosures about business dealings with embargoed countries, including those administered by the Office of Global Security Risk (“OGSR”) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionEquity investments in or acquisitions of U.S. defense contractors or other enterprises that may involve issues of national security or homeland security, including clearances through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (“CFIUS”) under the Exon-Florio lawSecurity clearances and the use of or access to classified government information, including procedures administered by the Defense Security Service in the U.S. Department of DefenseDefense contracting and military procurementAntitrust, Competition & Anti-MonopolyOur antitrust group includes attorneys located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Lawyers in the group provide counselling services on operational competition and antitrust issues, and on merger filing, as well as on private litigation, “dawn raids”, and governmental criminal and civil cases.We file as many as 50 merger notifications per year in the U.S., and routinely help clients in federal investigation defense of mergers and acquisitions in many sectors. Our team of lawyers have developed broad expertise in antitrust due diligence, merger filings, advising on operational antitrust such as horizontal and vertical restraints, joint ventures and standards development, issues related to market dominance, and on investigations related to antitrust and anti-unfair competition issues. Israel Practice GroupDrawing upon the strength and depth of our diverse practice areas, Dorsey & Whitney’s Israel Practice Group provides a wide array of legal services to both Israeli clients operating outside Israel and companies and investors doing business in Israel. Members of the Israel Practice Group have experience advising Israeli clients in the core areas listed below. In particular, our team has extensive experience representing clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, technology transfer and licensing, protecting IP portfolios, and international arbitrations, among other matters.

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19 offices

Asia(3), North America(15), Europe(1)


2 Jianguomen Outer St, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

+86 10 8513 5900


701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

+1 206 903-8800

Palo Alto

305 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, United States of America

+1 650 857 1717


125 Bank Street, Suite 600, Missoula

+1 406 721-6025

Salt Lake City

136 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

+1 801 933 7360


3203 32nd Ave S 103, Fargo, ND 58103, USA

+1 701 235 6000

Hong Kong

88 Queensway, Suite 3008, One Pacific Place, Hong Kong

+85 22 526 5000


199 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3UT, UK

+44 207 031 3700


50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498

+1 612 340 2600

New York City

51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019-6119

+212 415 9200


1031 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501-5907­

+1 907 276 4557

Des Moines

801 Grand Avenue #4100, Des Moines, IA 50309

+1 515 283 1000


1400 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

+86 10 85 13 5900


Fang Dian Road, Kerry Parkside Pudong, Shanghai 201204­

No. 1155 Fang Dian Road Suite 807- 808, Kerry Parkside Pudong, Shanghai 201204­ China

+8621 62 88 2323


Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2J1, Canada

TD Canada Trust Tower Brookfield Place 161 Bay Street, Suite 4310 Toronto, ON M5J 2S1­

+1 416 367 7370


1095 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC

1095 West Pender Street Suite 1070 Vancouver, BC V6E 2M6­ Canada

+1 604 687 5151

Washington DC

1801 K Street NW Washington DC, 20006­ United States of America

1801 K Street NW Suite 750 Washington DC, 20006­ United States of America

+1 202 442 3000


300 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 19801­ United States of America

300 Delaware Avenue Suite 1010 Wilmington, DE 19801­ United States of America

+1 302 425 7171

Southern California

600 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626­ United States of America

Plaza Tower 600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 2000 Costa Mesa, CA 92626­ United States of America

+1 714 800 1400