As our clients’ activities have developed outside the United States, so have ours. Our qualified TCPA attorneys were founded in 1906 and currently has nine offices located across the United States. The firm has 700 attorneys and other professionals with a broad range of practice specialties of increasingly international dimensions. Additionally, Our qualified has established relationships with attorneys, accounting firms and consultants around the world, including as a member of Lex Mundi, the association of more than 150 independent law firms located in more than 100 countries. Such professional ties enhance our ability to serve our clients.
Our collective experience includes both matters in which Our qualified was counsel of record and matters in which current Our qualified lawyers provided advice prior to their joining us. An illustrative sampling of our diverse international practice follows.
Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances. In the establishment and operation of multinational joint ventures and strategic alliances, we have represented a U.S. chemical company in connection with a strategic alliance to manufacture and distribute chemicals in the United States and to develop and market new technology. In the information technology area, we were counsel to a leading information technology company in connection with a strategic alliance to outsource the global information technology operations of a U.S. corporation. We have represented a U.S. real estate development company in connection with its proposed joint venture with a developer of shopping center complexes in Argentina. We advised a U.K. telecommunications company exploring a joint venture with a U.S. competitor, as well as a European satellite manufacturer in connection with a joint venture to acquire a U.S. satellite company. We have represented a U.S. pre-packaged fresh food producer both in the sale of an interest in its Chilean subsidiary as well as in the establishment of a joint venture and related distribution and technology licensing arrangements in Chile. We also were counsel to a U.S. agricultural products marketing cooperative in a joint venture with a Japanese kirebatsu (trading company) for the production of rice bran oil and related products in the U.S. and the distribution of such products in the U.S. and Japan.
Acquisitions and Privatizations. Our lawyers have provided advice related to cross-border investments by clients in other enterprises, including those that were previously state-owned. We have represented a U.S. railroad company in connection with its acquisition and financing, as a member of an international consortium, of a portion of the Mexican national railway system. We were U.S. counsel to a U.K. temporary staffing company in its acquisition of 15 corporations comprising the light industrial and office staffing division of one of the largest general staffing organizations in the U.S., which involved advice on a related offering of debt and equity securities as well as negotiation of a credit facility. We counseled a U.S. financial services company in the acquisition of a U.K. fund manager and investment advisory company, and provided legal services to a Dutch bank holding company and its subsidiaries in connection with unrelated acquisitions of two multi-bank holding companies, an Illinois state bank, and a finance company subsidiary of an English bank. We also have represented a U.S. consumer products company in connection with the acquisition of the Costa Rican and Honduran operations. When a U.S. company acquired the Europe-based analytical instrument division of a Dutch electronics company, we advised them on that transaction as well as the related acquisition of assets and establishment of distribution channels through subsidiaries in Western Europe and New Zealand.