International Construction Projects

As the economy has become increasingly global, our attorneys have been leaders in representing a wide variety of corporations, financial institutions and government entities in a full range of international construction projects and related transactions.

Our clients span the globe from Asia to the Middle East to Europe and South America, relying on our relationships with law firms around the world and our own London office to both anchor and enhance our ability to provide the same top-notch service abroad that we provide here in the United States. 

Our construction attorneys are especially knowledgeable in the complexities of international law. We bring a wealth of experience in drafting and negotiating agreements that require a deep understanding of the intricacies—and differences—in laws from shore to shore. Apart from our extensive transactional legal services, we work with many of our international clients to develop and implement litigation avoidance strategies and procedures.

Clients who seek our representation and advice bring along challenges and opportunities common to expanding globalization, such as an increased use of technology, emphasis on environmental stewardship and new methods of project delivery including consortium-based construction and an increased use of design-build contracting. 

Although we work hard to ensure that our clients avoid disputes, when they do arise we are especially proud of our success in using alternative dispute resolution. When that is not an option, we have a long track record of successfully litigating and arbitrating cross-border disputes.

We strategically leverage our expertise in the unique substantive and procedural issues that may arise, including:

  • Serving process abroad
  • Challenges to jurisdiction
  • Foreign sovereign immunity
  • Asset freeze or anti-suit injunctions
  • Cross-border discovery
  • Enforcement of foreign country judgments,
  • United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • Alien Tort Claims Act

Regardless of the ups and downs of the economy, we are well positioned to take advantage of the increasing emphasis on publicly funded projects. Our construction attorneys collaborate with our Government Contracts Group in counseling clients on international procurement issues, contract administration, claims, insurance, risk management and dispute avoidance. Overseas government contracts include construction projects administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District, USAID and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

About Our Infrastructure Projects

Complex overseas infrastructure projects include:

  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Water purification plants
  • Military bases
  • Power plants
  • Dams
  • Canals
  • Roadway projects
  • Heavy rail mass transit systems and airports
  • Hospitality, including hotel development and renovations throughout the world