Business & International Commerce

Providing Comprehensive Solutions for Businesses from Inception to Operation

Corporate law is the cornerstone of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC’s practice. We provide corporate advice to a range of companies, from major entities to start-ups. Whether it is starting an entity, drafting an operating agreement or shareholder agreement, forming a joint venture, or entering into a complex merger or acquisition, we can assist your business along all steps of the way.

Today’s business environment requires agility, responsiveness, and acumen more than ever. Utilizing our extensive backgrounds advising a wide range of entities across industries, we can advise your entity on a wide scope of deals and the full range of corporate governance issues.  We are very familiar with a host of industries ranging from hospitality, manufacturing, and health care to energy and investing.  We understand your business and can help you get to where you need.  From negotiating the term sheet to drafting sale documents, we can handle all facets of your corporate law needs.

Examples of where we can assist are:

  • Business formation and entity maintenanceInternational Commercial Transactions
  • Purchase & Sale of Businesses
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Franchising and Licensing Arrangements
  • Domestic and Cross-Border Joint Ventures
  • Obtaining 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt status from the IRS
  • Lending / Credit Agreements
  • Business Immigration
International Business
London. Dubai. Hong Kong. Akrivis Law Group, PLLC can guide your business across the globe. From setting up operations overseas to creating a regional distribution network or entering into a private equity joint venture with foreign partners, our experienced attorneys can guide you and offer sophisticated yet practical solutions.  From Washington to the world, utilizing our vast experience and our connections with some of the most reputable lawyers and law firms around the globe, Akrivis Law Group can help get you where you want to go.
Akrivis Law Group’s International Commercial Transactions practice offers a wide range of services for businesses. Our team can assist you in achieving your objectives in a timely and effective manner. We also counsel foreign corporations on how to establish or expand their presence in the U.S. most efficiently and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Our lawyers possess the legal know-how, experience and skills to handle sophisticated multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions. We have experience working on transactions and engaging foreign counsel around the globe, and our lawyers have particular knowledge of critical emerging and frontier markets such as those of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and Latin America. Furthermore, our foreign language skills and familiarity with the business culture of many other regions allow us to better assist our clients prevent misunderstandings and improve efficiency in structuring and implementing cross-border transactions.

Doing Business Overseas

Our team is highly experienced in advising businesses taking the crucial step to go overseas.  From determining the legal vehicle for entering into the new market, be it a distributorship, franchise, licensing or other arrangement, all the way to drafting and negotiating agreements with local partners, Akrivis Law Group can guide you through this exciting yet challenging phase of your business’ growth.

More importantly, we can help on issues such as:

  • Setting up foreign ventures, subsidiaries or branches
  • Joint Venture (JV) agreements
  • Distributorship,  Agency, and Franchise arrangements
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property (e.g., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, manufacturing processes, etc.) overseas

Dubai - SZRMiddle East North Africa (MENA) Practice

The MENA region is of particular significance and focus for Akrivis Law Group. We regularly advise entities in the Middle East on U.S. legal issues, and our attorneys have intimate experience with outbound work in the region, particularly the GCC.  Akrivis partner Farhad Alavi frequently appears in Gulf-based publications such as Arabian Business, The National, and Middle East Economic Digest (MEED).

The firm’s expertise goes hand in hand with our key competence in areas such as business & commerce, energy & projects, trade sanctions and regulations, and construction. Among our lawyers’ more current and more recent experiences are advising on the setup of a joint venture for the establishment of a tertiary medical center in Dubai, counseling clients on banking issues related to the UAE and Kuwait, and assisting a client on developing a legal strategy (including anti-corruption matters) in dealing with a UAE-based consultant.

Through the expertise of its own team and the relationships it maintains with experts in the United States, Europe, and throughout the MENA region, Akrivis can offer your business a one-stop solution for entering the Middle East market, be it a bricks and mortar presence, exports, agency arrangement, or anything in between.

Examples of other services we can provide are:

  • Setting up a company in Dubai’s free zones
  • Advising U.S. companies on entering into franchising agreements with local GCC franchisees/family businesses.
  • Private-equity funded technology and healthcare ventures in the UAE
  • Entering into a joint bidding agreement for an energy or construction project in Iraq or Afghanistan
  • Shariah-compliant lending arrangements
  • Trade compliance advisory on U.S. laws

From Abu Dhabi to Erbil to Istanbul, we can offer you our very broad knowledge and in-region experience to help you every step of the way with our exceptional insight into this critical, often poorly understood part of the world.

We find that many businesses in the region, particularly those in the GCC and Turkey, are increasingly interested in investing in the United States or entering the U.S. market.  We can advise on all the steps needed to make the bold move to enter the United States, be they large or small, public or family businesses.

Startups and Venture-Backed Entities

We have particular experience with startup entities – ranging from small businesses focusing in service sector or retail-type work to high tech manufacturing to international ventures.  Whether you are a local self-funded incubator-based technology startup or a private equity-based entity, we can help guide you to scalable, cost-effective solutions that will help your company not only in the short term, but als

Business Immigration

The search for top talent these days is increasingly becoming an international one.  This requires the ability to recruit qualified individuals from overseas.  We can handle all aspects of employment-based immigration, and regularly advise foreign companies in the United States on H1-B and other employment-related visas.