Manufacturing

To stay competitive and succeed in all market transitions, manufacturers are investing in the latest technologies and adopting new business models. Foley’s Manufacturing industry team helps its clients both maximize current operations and fully grasp emerging and evolving legal and business issues and opportunities.

Why Foley?

Manufacturing is globally focused. In order to succeed, manufacturers need to partner with advisors who can support them in all major world markets. Foley’s success heritage in manufacturing, combined with extensive network of offices and deep relationships with law firms in key manufacturing locations throughout the globe, helps us keep a sharp eye on the future and to ensure the success of our manufacturing clients at home and abroad.

Our supply chain experience is rooted with clients in the automobile, heavy equipment, consumer products, and other manufacturing industries, who depend upon reliable, high-volume flow of materials and products in a just-in-time environment that meets their customers’ demands.

As regulatory oversight and enforcement actions continue to expand, we are well positioned to guide our clients. We draw on our experienced government relations attorneys to provide effective legislative policy development and regulatory compliance counsel to corporations and trade associations. When disputes with regulators, law enforcement officials, customers, and vendors arise, our bench of highly skilled litigators provides business-focused representation, helping manufacturers protect their interests while continuing to focus on current operations.

Value We Deliver:

Combining legal knowledge with market experience.

  • Cross-disciplinary legal teams that provide comprehensive solutions
  • Proactive and collaborative approach to identifying and managing risk
  • 175 years of advising leading U.S. multinational manufacturing clients
  • Experienced government relations attorneys based in Washington, D.C., in state capitols, and in key commercial centers throughout the country
  • Transparency with respect to matter management, fees and client communication
  • Practical solutions that address complex business needs
  • Flexibility on approach and pricing
  • Efficient use of technology and up-to-date and relevant thought leadership

Manufacturing Thought Leadership

Through our blogs, social media platforms, events, roundtable discussions, and partnerships with industry associations such as the National Association of Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Leadership Council, academia, government, and other consulting firms, we are providing forward-thinking legal and business insight relevant to innovative manufacturers.

Manufacturing Industry Advisor Blog

Foley’s manufacturing blog provides insights on the latest news, developments, and trends in manufacturing.

Strategic Partnerships and Programs

Through our events, roundtable discussions and partnerships with leading manufacturing associations, we are providing forward-thinking legal and business insight relevant to innovative manufacturers.

Representative Transactions

An auto parts manufacturer, in $5.7M arbitration award against a Korean supplier in a trade secrets dispute, regarding a half shaft joint used in steering systems.

A plastics manufacturer, in its acquisition of a specialty plastics division of an international plastics manufacturer; in China, Brazil, Switzerland, and Germany, as well as other jurisdictions.

A manufacturing company, in patent infringement lawsuit brought by competitor in the District of Minnesota, involving patents directed at methods for assessing the cleanliness of rooms. Case settled on the eve of trial.

A manufacturing client, in an investigation relating to a high-risk deal involving a Thai joint venture partner and a buyout investment in Vietnam, which raised significant FCPA and other concerns. More than 100 suppliers in successfully navigating the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, securing critical vendor status and full payment in most cases.

A motorcycle manufacturer, in the transformational restructuring of its manufacturing operations in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Wisconsin; in negotiating new “state-of-the-art” labor agreements to facilitate flexible manufacturing, continuous improvement and third-party sequencing; insourcing of transportation management operations; and in contract development in logistical areas.

A large manufacturer of components, for defense and commercial applications and its multiple divisions regarding various supply chain sourcing issues, including compliance with Department of Defense specialty metals sourcing requirements and the SEC's conflict minerals proposed tracking/disclosure requirements.