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Located at the traditional crossroads of the Pacific, Goodsill’s international practice group serves the legal needs of U.S. and foreign clients in Hawaii, on the U.S. mainland, and abroad. While our practice has a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region, we have represented clients’ interests throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, Central America, East Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Examples of our work include:

  • International Transactions – assisting foreign and domestic clients in negotiating, financing, structuring, and documenting international transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, joint venture activities, corporate mergers and reorganizations, project finance and real estate transactions. Recent experience includes structuring and financing major investments in power projects in China and the Philippines, handling the purchase and sale of a major hotel in Sydney, Australia, and assisting a Hawaii biotechnology company’s efforts to form a joint venture in India.
  • International Trade – advising and counseling clients on compliance with U.S. international trade laws, including export controls, customs laws, economic sanctions, import laws, antiboycott regulations, international trade agreements, encryption controls, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Immigration – advising and assisting foreign individuals and companies in understanding and satisfying eligibility requirements to obtain visas (both non-immigrant and immigrant) required to enter the United States and, thereafter, to maintain their immigration status.
  • International Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution – advising and counseling U.S. and foreign clients on administrative proceedings, litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving all forms of business, commercial and securities disputes. Recent experience includes defending a Japanese magazine publisher in a defamation action brought by residents of Hawaii who were featured in the magazine; advising Japan attorneys representing the victims of a submarine/fishing vessel accident off the coast of Hawaii on the legal ramifications of U.S. and Hawaii law on the liability of the U.S. Navy; the successful defense of a large Japanese trading company in an arbitration brought by its U.S. distributor in Hawaii, a popular venue for international commercial arbitrations; and, overseeing on behalf of a major Japanese insurer the defense of an accidental death case involving a diving accident in Saipan in the Western Pacific.
  • International Tax and Estate Planning – advising U.S. and foreign clients on the international tax implications of their overseas business activities and estate planning for overseas property.
  • Bankruptcy – representing a variety of international clients in the Hawaii Bankruptcy Court, including clients in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • International Banking – advising foreign banks and non-bank lenders (most recently from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and the Philippines) on complex loan documentation, mortgage transactions, foreclosures and other banking and financing transactions.

Goodsill has attorneys and legal assistants with capabilities in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, German and Spanish. The firm is a member of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (, which is a select international group of thirty law firms with a focus on the Pacific Rim. The working relationship among the firms, strengthened by twice yearly conferences, provides a strong network through which Goodsill can assist clients in overseas matters. In addition, several attorneys are involved in international legal organizations such as the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association.

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