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Chemicals

Major players in today’s chemicals industry face global challenges that call for global legal counsel capabilities. Squire Sanders’ global chemicals industry group helps clients manage their concerns and capitalize on growth opportunities around the world. A small sampling of our clients includes:

  • Chemical trading companies
  • Fertilizer suppliers
  • Petrochemical groups
  • Plastics and rubber makers
  • Producers of powder coatings
  • Recyclers of petroleum refining residuals
  • Specialty chemical manufacturers

Our chemicals industry group is among the industry’s most seasoned professionals and includes lawyers with doctorates in chemistry or chemical engineering. We have counseled leaders in chemical manufacturing, marketing and distribution for decades – providing seamless, comprehensive counsel across the spectrum of challenges and opportunities. We do this by drawing on the experience of lawyers from other Squire Sanders practices including:

  • Antitrust and competition
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate transactions, finance and governance
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade and export controls
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Toxic torts

Antitrust, Competition, International Trade and Export Controls

Calling on decades of experience with the myriad ever-growing, ever-changing regulatory structures around the world, we advise chemicals industry clients on antitrust, competition, international trade, export controls and other regulatory issues in the following areas:

  • Antidumping investigations
  • Civil and criminal price-fixing matters
  • Competition authority approvals
  • Competition compliance training
  • Consumer protection issues
  • Customs, import and export matters
  • Data sharing
  • EU and national regulatory requirements
  • Investments in state-owned enterprises
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers, acquisitions and dispositions
  • Privatizations
  • REACH and other regulatory restrictions
  • Trade defense investigations
  • Transport, labeling and packaging
  • Vertical restraints challenges

Capital Markets

We represent chemical companies in debt and equity markets, including high-yield capital markets, in such matters as the following:

  • Bank financings
  • Bankruptcy restructurings
  • Debt offerings
  • Debt restructurings 
  • Private placements
  • Project finance
  • Public offerings

Corporate Transactions, Finance and Governance

We counsel large public and private chemical companies across the globe; services range from day-to-day interaction with in-house counsel and other corporate personnel to participation in a variety of complex business transactions such as:

  • Collaboration and co-development
  • Corporate governance, board counseling and company administration
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other dispositions
  • Partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Traditional and creative finance strategies including private equity investment

Intellectual Property

Increasing globalization, competition and expensive investment in research and development, combined with the issues confronting developing economies and legal structures, have made intellectual property protection a top priority. Our multidisciplinary intellectual property team includes trial lawyers, patent practitioners and members with advanced degrees in the chemical arts. Combining our skills and technical know-how, we are well positioned to help protect your company’s intellectual property resources globally. We proactively protect our clients’ intellectual property interests and defend them from allegations of violating the intellectual property rights of others.

We regularly assist chemicals industry clients with these and other matters:

  • Infringement claims and defense
  • Intellectual property strategies and enforcement
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensing
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Patent rights
  • Trade secret protection
  • Validity and infringement opinions

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

For decades, Squire Sanders has defended chemical companies and helped them resolve their business disputes. In recent years, businesses in the chemicals markets have been challenged by tougher market conditions, increased competition and rigorous regulation. With a tradition of advising leading multinational chemicals sector companies on a broad range of issues and disputes, we apply a wide range of dispute resolution techniques, focusing on cost-effective and successful outcomes. Our more than 300 experienced advocacy lawyers counsel and defend chemicals industry clients in a broad array of issues including:

  • Conflict avoidance techniques
  • Dispute management systems
  • Failure-to-warn cases
  • Formal dispute resolution methods
  • Government rules and listings challenges
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability

Toxic Torts

Our toxic tort practice began with the defense of massive numbers of personal injury and wrongful death actions in the 1970s, when our lawyers defended one of the largest manufacturers of asbestos insulation products. Since then our practice has expanded to the defense of nearly every chemical and substance that has been claimed to be hazardous. We have a proven record including excellent results in connection with the following issues, to name but a few:

  • Exposure to allegedly toxin-finished goods
  • Industrial processes used to make products
  • Municipal water providers
  • Recycling operations
  • Waste disposal activities of manufacturers

Distinguished Counsel

Squire Sanders has earned recognition from our chemicals industry clients, media organizations and other third-party groups; a sampling includes:
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company’s 2002 DuPont Meeting the Challenge award, honoring the best among an already-elite group of DuPont primary law firms and service providers
  • The National Law Journal featured our representation of BFGoodrich in the US$1.4 billion sale of its chemicals segment as Deal of the Week
  • The National Law Journal also featured our representation of DuPont in litigation involving deep-well injection of allegedly toxic materials, in which DuPont defeated a US$170 million claim, among its Top Defense Wins of 2001

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