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German-American Trade and Investment

Greenberg Traurig’s German-American Trade and Investment team provides clients in the most competitive economies in the world with strategic guidance on cross-border market access and investment flows. Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (the DACH region) and the United States are heavily dependent on each other for trade in goods and services as well as direct investment. Our global platform of lawyers helps clients ranging from family-owned businesses, to German Mittelstand companies, to large multinational enterprises sustain and enhance their competitiveness.

Our global network of multilingual lawyers navigates multiple legal and regulatory landscapes to identify potential benefits before they become missed opportunities, and risks before they become liabilities. We represent clients across a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, electrical and electronic equipment, food and agriculture, renewable energy, steel, oil and gas, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and machinery and machine tools.

Trade of Goods and Services

Our team provides practical, insightful advice regarding market-access issues, turning trade disruption into a competitive advantage. We advise on a wide range of international trade matters, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, customs matters, global trade strategies, regulatory requirements, optimizing supply chain structures, product sourcing options, and import and export compliance and enforcement actions.

We also counsel clients on employment-related immigration issues, focusing on strategic immigration planning for the relocation of talent both from and into the United States. We partner with our clients to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel.


German, Austrian, and Swiss companies come to Greenberg Traurig for advice on a broad range of matters relating to investing in and running operations in the United States. We advise both investors and target companies on issues related to foreign investment including before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and assist in mitigating foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI).

Our team also advises on corporate matters related to public and private acquisitions, mergers, greenfield operations, and other corporate expansions. We assist clients in structuring, negotiating, and executing complex domestic and international expansions, acquisitions, joint ventures, and business combinations. With a broad array of practices, our firm provides skilled advice on matters related to employment, intellectual property, real estate, and tax law matters affecting companies entering or expanding in the U.S. market.