Foreign Outposts For U.S. Companies: Avoiding Costly Mistakes Before Hiring Internationally

by Kristen Geyer

Companies that have an international growth strategy may want to establish a small local presence (e.g., customer service or local sales representative) without opening an office in a particular country. Companies taking this step may have a specific client need for local support in a country where they have no permanent office, or may be testing the waters before deciding whether it makes sense to invest in one or more foreign offices. In either case, the company will want to take steps at the start of this process to avoid unintentional and costly application of foreign law and triggering foreign tax obligations.

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