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Perkins Coie has a long history of active participation in the growth of the global economy. Starting with our incorporation of The Boeing Company in 1916, we have worked with domestic and international clients to pioneer international markets and projects, including joint ventures, overseas investments, exporting and importing, protection of intellectual property, immigration, taxation, antitrust and finance.

Our lawyers have worked in a broad spectrum of international markets, including Japan, the People's Republic of China, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, Canada, the European Union and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico, the Mercosur countries, Chile, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We represent our clients before the World Trade Organization, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the World Bank, regional development banks, and other national and international agencies.

We participate in international arbitrations and other forums for the resolution of disputes in markets throughout the world. Perkins Coie is a member of the Interlex Group, an international network of leading law firms that cooperate to provide a complete range of international legal and business services to clients.

We also represent overseas companies seeking to invest and participate in U.S. markets. We assist them in complying with federal, state and local laws, and treaties to which the United States is a party. Our work includes not only trade, marketing investment and immigration legal work, but also environmental, construction, employment and litigation issues. Our firm encourages our lawyers to connect to the world economy through individual activities and skills. Our lawyers serve on many governmental and nonprofit boards involved in the formulation of public international policies. We also maintain fluency in several languages, including Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese), Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Swedish and Thai.

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